Judge Kocurek Shooter Update

Acevedo says HPD has arrested a "person of interest" on unrelated murder charges

Details are still coming together in the Friday night shooting of state District Judge Julie Kocurek. At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo confirmed that the Houston Police Depart­ment arrested a "person of interest" on Tuesday on unrelated murder charges.

That person's name is Chimene Onyeri, a 28-year-old from Houston. He's believed to have shot and killed 31-year-old Jacobi Demond Alexander. That case takes precedence, Acevedo told reporters on Tuesday, though APD will continue to investigate whether or not Onyeri was the one who shot at Kocurek. Onyeri had a pending motion in the judge's 390th District Court relating to prosecutors seeking to revoke conditions of a plea deal in a fraud case.

Kocurek, a felony judge since 1999, remains at University Medical Center Brackenridge hospital after being fired at Friday night outside of her Tarry­town home shortly after 10:15pm. She was initially listed as being in critical condition without life-threatening injuries, but was upgraded to stable on Sunday. Certain news outlets have reported that she was never directly hit by any bullet, but rather by shrapnel from the shot and broken glass. Citing HIPAA laws and the ongoing investigation, Chief Acevedo declined to elaborate on the specifics of Kocurek's injuries.

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