Houston Memorial Car Theft: 17-year-old Owen Leonardo Villanova-Ardon has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Judy Walters
Houston, Texas (KTRK) – A 17-year-old has been charged with the death of a 65-year-old grandmother during a carjacking in the Memorial District on Valentine’s Day, according to court records.
Owen Leonardo Villanova-Ardon is charged with first degree murder. He was arrested on Tuesday.
ORIGINAL REPORT: A woman, 65, has died after being shot and dragged during a carjacking in West Houston, according to police.
While Villanova-Ardon’s initial court appearance on Wednesday morning was waived – a judge ordered him held without bail because he was charged with capital murder.
Surveillance video released by Houston police last month shows the moment two suspects — described only as young men of medium complexion and wearing black bandanas — left the apartment complex in a car owned by the victim, Judy Walters, after they shot her. Death then run over her.
Police said another suspect was still being investigated.
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On 14 February, police responded to a shooting at a residential complex at the 800 block of Yorkchester Drive just before 8am.
When authorities arrived, they found Walters dead in the parking lot, according to HPD.
The day after her murder, Walters’ car was found in an empty garage at the abandoned Sugar Hill Golf Course at 11996 Bissonnet Avenue, about 10 miles from where Walters died, according to police.
Witnesses who spoke with ABC13 said they heard one shot and saw Walters being pulled from her 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse SUV.
New developments in the case emerged one day after Walters’ murder.
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Investigators said that after reviewing surveillance footage of the two defendants, who were both wearing hoods, it was determined that they may have waited for Walters for at least eight hours, leading police to believe she was a target.
“Judging by the video surveillance we’ve seen and the fact that there are definitely some family dynamics that we’re looking for, I don’t think that’s random,” Dustin Crowder of the Houston Police Department tells ABC13.
Police said the suspects may have been involved in some arguments with Walters.
Walter’s eldest son spoke to ABC13 and said he believes the feud on February 12 may have led to his mother’s death.
a GoFundMe to assist Walter’s grandson, whom she was raising, and to assist with funeral expenses.
Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of a wanted suspect is urged to contact HPD’s homicide division at 713-308-3600 or speak anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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