the apparently liberal court charged him with murder.
Unless Texas has radically different laws to the rest of the world, murder wont stick because he had no intent to kill the girl. Reckless indifference is the only possible link with murder and that should result in manslaughter charges. He could be charged with manslaughter, attempted murder, dangerous discharge of a firearm, dangerous use of a motor vehicle, causing public alarm...the words vary but it is surprising how similar the western courts are as far as result is concerned. Can you let me know if it is indeed murder ? I appreciate any effort you might make.
A Houston man charged Thursday with killing a Texas Southern University police officer's teenage daughter after a hit-and-run accident said he had “done a terrible thing” when Houston police confronted him at his home, investigators said.
Richard Calderon, 24, of the 5200 block of Heatherbloom, then handed over his 9 mm handgun to homicide investigators, court documents show. He was charged with felony murder, accused of shooting at a car and striking 13-year-old Alexis Wiley, the daughter of TSU police officer Sonya Randle.
The Johnston Middle School seventh-grader was pronounced dead at 10:15 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center from a severe gunshot wound to the head.
Calderon is accused of crashing into Randle's car Wednesday night and speeding away, then opening fire when Randle caught up with him, Houston police said.
By charging Calderon with felony murder, prosecutors don't have to prove that he intended to kill the girl. The charge accuses him of intentionally and knowingly shooting at the mother's and daughter's car, a felony offense by itself, and committing an act dangerous to human life by shooting Wiley.
Calderon has no criminal history. His bail is $50,000. Randle, 40, declined to comment when contacted by the Chronicle on Thursday.
Houston homicide investigators said Calderon, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun, alleged he was acting in self-defense, but his story does not match accounts provided by witnesses.
“He's very knowledgeable about gun laws and about when he can and can't use his weapon,” said Sgt. Brian Harris of the Houston Police Department Homicide Division. “There are no indications this was self-defense.”
The confrontation began when Calderon's 1998 Cadillac struck Randle's Nissan Altima Wednesday night and kept going. Randle told police she sped up to the Cadillac and wrote down its license plate number. She then passed the Cadillac, police said.
Randle's daughter then told her the man in the Cadillac was chasing them, the criminal complaint shows.
The shooting happened at 8:20 p.m. when the two cars reached the 3900 block of Westhampton. One of the bullets went through the back windshield of Randle's Altima and hit her daughter in the head. Police believe the girl was turned around in her seat, looking out the back window and talking to her mother as Calderon chased them, Harris said.
Officers arrived to see the wounded teen lying in the street before an ambulance rushed her to the hospital. Randle gave Houston police the license plate number.
A Houston police officer went to the home on Heatherbloom, the address where the Cadillac is registered, and was greeted by Calderon's father, Roberto Calderon, who said he knew why the officer was there and that his son had “done something terrible,” the complaint shows.
Richard Calderon came to the door and said he had done “a terrible thing,” the report shows. He admitted firing the 9 mm handgun that he gave the officers and to shooting at Randle's vehicle, the complaint states.
Calderon told homicide investigators he thought he saw “something shiny” in the hand of the front-seat passenger and said that passenger had leaned out the car window, the complaint shows. He said he fired twice at Randle's car, then went home and covered his Cadillac with a tarp, court records show. He was arrested at his home at 2 p.m.
One witness told police no one leaned out of the window of Randle's car. She said the man in the Cadillac was chasing Randle and her daughter before she saw gunshots coming from the Cadillac. The Cadillac's driver then backed up his car and drove away.
“(Calderon) says because his car is quote-unquote ‘so fancy,' he's been a target of things before, so he was jumping to conclusions,” Harris said. “Because of his car, he thought perhaps they were attacking him because they wanted his car or his rims.
“Pursuing is not acting in self-defense. He was able to clearly articulate there was no imminent threat to him " whatever threat he perceived had already passed. His story doesn't match the 10 other witnesses that we have " and that's the problem,” he said.
“In any case, you have two families' lives that are destroyed.”
Students at Johnston Middle School grieved the loss of Wiley, and friends set up memorial groups in tribute to her on Facebook. Wiley played cello in the school orchestra and played softball and volleyball, fellow classmates said.