July 20, 2022
A Harris County Grand Jury on Tuesday declined to indict Tony Earls in the fatal shooting of 9-year-old Arlene Alvarez, announced District Attorney Kim Ogg.
“Our hearts go out to the Alvarez family because Arlene’s death is a tragedy that is unimaginable,” Ogg said. “We are focusing all of our efforts on finding the suspect who set this chain of events in motion and bringing him to justice.”
Ogg noted that grand juries are composed of randomly selected citizens who hear all of the evidence in a case in secret. Grand jurors were presented all the evidence and asked to determine if there was sufficient evidence for a criminal charge. Grand jury proceedings are secret by law.
At a news conference at Crime Stoppers of Houston, a $25,000 donation from Houston businessman Tilman Fertitta was announced to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of the original robbery suspect. Crime Stoppers added $5,000, for a total of $30,000.
Speakers included DA Ogg, members of the Alvarez family, prosecutors, investigators, Crime Stoppers representatives and others.