Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Thursday, March 11, 2004

D.A. on the Case?

A year and a month ago, a Drug Enforcement agent shot a San Antonio teenager to death. Ashley Villareal was hit in the back of the head.

A DEA spokesman claims its internal investigation isn't yet complete. As I have already loudly noted, although the DEA hasn't had time to complete its Ashley probe, it does have time to stage a political-year crackdown on small local head shops.

And there have been no reports yet that the District Attorney has taken that DEA shooting case before a local grand jury.

Compare that with a similar story in Houston. A police officer shot a teenage boy who was already on the ground but struggling. One Glock round to the head, from less than 4 feet away.

That happened November 21, 2003.

This week the Harris County District Attorney's office obtained a grand jury indictment on a charge of murder. From shooting to indictment, 110 days.

In the DEA shooting here, 395 days and still no indictment. San Antonio citizens should be asking the Bexar County District Attorney how Ashley's case is coming along at the D.A.'s office.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.



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