Police say the suspect, who is accused of killing a Houston young mother while holding her 1-year-old son, was arrested on Thursday nearly two weeks after the crime. held in prison for more than a dollar.
Zacchaeus Rashad Gaston, 27, was arrested Wednesday night in connection with the murder of 24-year-old Layla Steele and the injury of a child, Houston’s Acesparks 26 reported.
Gaston, described as Steele’s divorced lover and father of the child, had previously been released seven times after his arrest, including for violent crimes.
The shooting happened on the child’s first birthday, KPRC-TV in Houston reported. At the time, Gaston was wearing an ankle-high monitor after his release from prison, but removed the device and fled on the day of the shooting, the station reported.
After being initially expelled from court for violating court order on Thursday, Gaston was charged with $ 1 million in murder charges, $ 500,000 in aggravated assault and $ 1,000 and $ 2,000 in work-related offenses. saw that.
If he is able to liaise, Gaston will be under house arrest and under surveillance until further legal action is taken, KPRC reports.
Gaston is expected to return to court on Friday if his terms of commitment are changed. KPRC reported.
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The suspect is charged with one homicide and aggravated assault with a lethal weapon in connection with the July 1 shooting, Acesparks 26 reported.
Witnesses told investigators that Gaston was seen shooting Style and the child in front of the artte building after a “physical brawl” around 10:30 a.m., Acesparks 26 reported.
After the confrontation, Steele died at the hospital, the station reported.
According to the report, the boy was wounded in one leg by a non-life-threatening weapon.
Following Gaston’s arrest, Houston crime perpetrators took to Twitter to announce that the arrest had been aided by an anonymous public spokesman’s advice.
“We thank the aircraft for doing the right thing and reporting to Tip Line so that this suspect can be found and arrested,” the organization wrote.
Following recent media reports about Gaston and other defendants involved in crime after his release, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has vowed to make reform a priority for his administration in exchange for bail.
On Thursday, Abbott thanked Sen. Joan Huffman, a Republican who lives in Houston, for the bill, which was approved by the committee earlier in the week after it was passed.