Deputy Darren Almendarez taking pictures: Suspects due in court Tuesday

Prosecutors say they are going to be searching for the demise penalty for 2 of the three suspects concerned in the taking pictures demise of Deputy Darren Almendarez.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — All three suspects accused of killing Deputy Darren Almendarez are being held presently with out bond and are charged with capital homicide.

Two of these suspects have been in court Tuesday morning.

The youngest of the three suspects, Fredrick Tardy, 17, was scheduled to have his listening to Monday, however that was postponed as a result of a public defender with expertise in dealing with these sorts of circumstances wasn’t instantly obtainable.

According to Tardy’s lawyer, Alvin Nunnery, below Supreme Court rule, Tardy can’t be put to demise. He will nonetheless be tried as an grownup and faces the potential of life with out parole, in keeping with prosecutors. 

“We are definitely under a crime wave in Houston, Texas,” mentioned prosecutor Caroline Dozier. “It’s imperative we get this right. People need to be held accountable for the crimes they’re committing.”

Fredarius Clark, 19, additionally stood earlier than a choose on Tuesday. Prosecutors say they’re going to search the demise penalty with Clark.

Monday morning, 23-year-old Joshua Stewart was in court when prosecutors introduced they’d be searching for the demise penalty in his capital homicide case.

All three suspects at the moment are being held with out bond till May 10 to have a look at extra proof. Prosecutors additionally say there could possibly be a fourth suspect concerned.

Numerous deputies confirmed as much as Monday’s listening to in assist of the fallen 51-year-old deputy.

“I’ve known Darren for over 20 years,” mentioned David Cuevas, President of the Harris County Deputies’ Organization. “We went to the academy together and to see him lay down his life because of these three criminals who didn’t give a damn about anybody else but themselves…because they didn’t want to get a job. They just thought they could go and start stealing.”

Deputy Almendarez’s stays arrived at a funeral dwelling Monday morning.

He will likely be laid to relaxation on Friday.

‘He had a coronary heart of gold’

On Sunday, Deputy Almendarez’s household had the barbecue they have been presupposed to have on Friday to have fun his sister’s birthday.

Sadly, they needed to have it with out him.

Instead of celebrating, they’re left remembering the household man who lost his life Thursday night time when he was shot by suspects allegedly making an attempt to steal his truck’s catalytic converter whereas he was grocery buying together with his spouse.

His 14-year-old daughter, Andrea Almendarez, spoke to KHOU 11 News along with her household by her facet. She remembers their daddy-daughter dates. Her hat that reads “Daddy’s Girl” says all of it.

“He was a really caring particular person. He was very, very loving,” she mentioned.

Almendarez got here from a giant household. He was considered one of 12 siblings. His brothers and sisters keep in mind the person who they are saying, “had heart of gold.”

Deputy Almendarez described as having a ‘stellar’ 23-year career

Deputy Almendarez was 23-year legislation enforcement veteran, who most not too long ago served in the auto theft division.

According to Sheriff Gonzalez, Deputy Almendarez was homeless early in his life and labored in quick meals. He was making an attempt to make ends meet at a younger age earlier than he dedicated his life to public service.

The sheriff mentioned he knew the deputy each personally and professionally and described him as being “very mild spoken” and a “very great individual.”

“He’s just a great guy. He’s had a stellar career for 23 years,” the sheriff mentioned. “Started as a detention officer, went to patrol, current assignment is in the auto theft division.”

The sheriff requested for prayers from the neighborhood and mentioned his office has been very blessed to have the neighborhood assist they’ve.

Prior to the taking pictures, Deputy Almendarez was buying in the grocery retailer together with his spouse to organize for his sister’s birthday celebration which was deliberate for Friday, in keeping with the sheriff.

The sheriff mentioned the deputy’s spouse is distraught and requested the neighborhood to maintain her in their prayers, as nicely.

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– If a value is just too good to be true, it in all probability is.
– Check to verify the general public VIN on the motive force’s facet dashboard matches the VIN on the mylar stickers on the motive force’s door jam.
– Meet in a secure public place like a police station.

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Posted by Harris County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, January 7, 2022

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