Spring, Texas – September 20, 2018: The family of a Spring man who was shot and killed six years ago is still waiting for justice in a case that has been marred by constant delays.
The trial of Jamal Turner, who was indicted by a Harris County Grand Jury in 2013 for the murder of Ross Warax, is set to begin selecting a jury today. The trial is scheduled to start on Monday, Sept. 24, and is expected to only last one or two days.
The family received some disappointing news on the morning of Sept. 19 during a meeting with two prosecutors.
“Prosecutors wanted to make us aware that if the jury becomes hung — there’s a possibility of coming back with a lesser charge of manslaughter, which is a 5 to 20-year sentence,” said Warax’s mother, Karen.
Warax was murdered on July 27, 2012, after leaving Lord Loudoun Bar (formerly Chuggin Charlie’s) in Spring with his girlfriend. After an altercation in the parking lot, the 24-year-old was shot in the back as he exited the parking lot under gunfire. Warax died instantly just before crashing into an AT&T store at the intersection of Louetta and Kuykendahl.
A Harris County Precinct 4 Constable found Turner over minutes after the shooting occurred. A handgun was recovered and Turner admitted to firing shots at the victim’s vehicle.
While the family was stunned to learn it would take two years for Turner to stand trial for the murder, the toll of waiting 73 months has taken both an emotional and physical toll.
“My husband, David is wiped out from all of this,” said Warax’s mother. “I need to be sure to protect his health too.”
The family said that because the case has been delayed over the years by 19 resets, they are planning a National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims event on Sunday, Sept. 23. The “peaceful protest” will start at 6 p.m. at the Crime Stoppers of Houston facility.
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Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg is scheduled to attend the event, which will also include a balloon release similar to the one at Warax’s funeral. The public is invited to come out and help the family get the justice that has eluded them for many years.
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