A Harris County Grand Jury on Tuesday declined to indict Tony Earls in the fatal shooting of 9-year-old Arlene Alvarez, announced District Attorney Kim Ogg.
“Our hearts go out to the Alvarez family because Arlene’s death is a tragedy that is unimaginable,” Ogg said. “We are focusing all of our efforts on finding the suspect who set this chain of events in motion and bringing him to justice.”
Ogg noted that grand juries are composed of randomly selected citizens who hear all of the evidence in a case in secret. Grand jurors have presented all the evidence and asked to determine if there was sufficient evidence for a criminal charge. Grand jury proceedings are secret by law.
There will be a press conference today, July 19, at 3:15 p.m. at Crime Stoppers of Houston, 3001 Main St, Houston, TX 77002 to publicize a $25,000 donation from Houston businessman Tilman Fertitta to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of the original robbery suspect.
Among those scheduled to attend are DA Kim Ogg, members of the Alvarez family, prosecutors, investigators, Crime Stoppers representatives, and others.