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A district attorney in Fort Bend County, Texas forgot to file some paperwork, and as a result, a man accused of murdering a his classmate will go free as early as today. District Attorney John Healy takes ‘full responsibility’ for the slip-up and calls it ‘unfortunate’ that Richard Mendoza, Junior will be free on bail since no paperwork was filed in the 90 days following his arrest. Police say Mendoza killed his friend and classmate, 17-year-old Christopher Daigle in November 2002 after catching Mr Daigle locking lips with his then-girlfriend.
Elliott described a bizarre scene in Healey’s office during the firing – about a half-hour after a man Elliott had prosecuted on intoxicated manslaughter charges was given a maximum sentence. Elliott said Healey called him into his office, congratulated him on the verdict and then had him sit on a couch in front of a glass coffee table with some books stacked on them. “He says, ‘I want you to see if you can read what’s under these books,’” Elliott said, adding that Healey then slid the books aside. Taped to the glass on the underside of the table was Elliott’s termination letter, Elliott said. The letter said he had been “overzealous” in his position.
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District Attorney John Healey admits his office made a huge mistake, and he takes full responsibility for it.
“It is a mistake that shouldn’t have been made, but it’s a long road between now and time the defendant is going to be in front of 12 citizens of Fort Bend County and we’re going to need that family, and they’re going to need us to work together as a team and try to facilitate justice which in this case, we believe is the presentation of the evidence which we believe will lead to conviction of defendant,” Healey said. “It’s not even close to being over.”
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