Jecker Street double homicide suspect released on house arrest

Update to double homicide September 21, 2018

UPDATE (11/01/20) – In Victoria, Texas, on Friday, September 21, 2018, two victims were found deceased on Jecker street. When handling the emergency, the VPD Swat team sent a robot in to find the victims.

Michelle Johnson, 31 and Dward Kitchens, 34 were killed.

Police found two suspects by the names Kimberly Hoff and Jesus Martinez Jr.

Kimberly Hoff was charged with two counts of murder, tampering with evidence, and failure to identify accused of lying about her name.

Jesus Martinez Jr. was charged with two counts of murder and tampering with evidence.

Right now, Jesus Martinez Jr. is on house arrest. His bond went from $200,000 down to $101,000.

Victoria District Attorney, Candace Filley Johnson, explains the judicial process, reason for his release, and the bond reduction.

“So every person charged with a crime in the United States is entitled to the presumption of innocence and hand-in-hand with that, under constitutional protections. Everyone that’s charged with criminal offense in the United States is entitled to bail. Bail is simply the amount of money a person must put up, in order to ensure that they will appear for their trial or any hearings related for their trial. Once a person’s been accused of a crime,” she explained.

Bail is not a fine and it can not be used as punishment. It is simply an assurance that a person will come to their trial or hearings.

“The defendant in this case was entitled to a reduced bond. That amount went from the $200,000 down to $101,000. The defendant was able to post that bond and he was ordered on house arrest for a one month time period. Until we do go to trial, next month,” Johnson said.

While, the court was not ready on one occasion for trial, they were ready on many other occasions.

The court plans to hold the trial in November.

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