On Thursday, the family’s attorney, Fred Harris, said the young man “did one last thing before he died,” and his heart went out to young people in need.
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The 19-year-old had his special-needs head on the concrete floor, and hall records also say he stabbed 25-year-old Michael Ownby with a kick.
The attack is one of many in the prison, some against the convicts, some against the guards. Now, the Texas Rangers are looking for him.
Harris’ family said the prison was partly responsible because his death was the primary cause. Meanwhile, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez issued the following response:
“I am deeply saddened by the murder of Fred Harris at the hands of another man who is incarcerated in our prison. My sincere sympathies go out to his family and we are committed to working with prosecutors to bring his killer to justice. While the death of Mr. Harris is over. While the death of Mr. Harris is widespread. That the level of prison staff played no part in this crime. The truth is that our colleagues are working hard in the prison and They need more resources.Terms in A*
Which is very crowded. “
I am sorry for the murder of Fred Harris that another man is being held in our prison. Sincere sympathies go out to his family and are determined to work with prosecutors to bring their killer to justice. While Mr. Harris’ death is complicated, it is an ongoing theme.
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) November 4, 2021
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A spokesperson for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office explained that they are in the process of meeting with staff and inmates, and that internal affairs and the inspector general’s office are working to see if plans and procedures are followed.
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