Suspect in deadly chase appears in court

January 12, 2009 11:59:13 AM PST
A teenager charged with killing another driver in a crash was in court Monday morning. The crash happened while police were chasing the 17-year-old suspect near the Port of Houston Saturday. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The bond for the teen was doubled Monday morning, something the family of Homero Rosales, the victim, fought for.

Several members Rosales' family were in the courtroom as the defendant, Frank Marron, went before a judge in the 180th district court. After hearing from an attorney for the victim's family, as well as a prosecutor, the judge agreed to double the bond from $50,000 to $100,000. The bond for murder is typically $50,000, but the higher bond can be imposed if there are factors, such as concern for flight risk or a criminal history.

Marron was arrested after a short chase Saturday. Authorities say he was driving a stolen truck when he allegedly ran a stop sign, striking an SUV. Rosales, who was driving the SUV, was killed. The passenger, Maria Alvarado, was hospitalized and later listed in good condition.

On Monday, family members of Rosales cried as their attorney tried to put into words the depth of the family's grief.

"Great, great man; a great father, a great husband, a great son, a great grandson," said attorney Juan Hernandez. "The family is deeply, deeply upset, saddened by the loss, tragic loss, and we're confident the district attorney's office will do the right thing."

The DA's office tells us this case will eventually be presented in front of a Harris County grand jury.

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