Woman accused of shooting at KTRK building yesterday goes before judge

Michelle Monique Burks is accused of shooting at the buidling yesterday.
March 28, 2014 9:50:14 AM PDT
The woman accused of shooting our studios yesterday morning made her first court appearance this morning. Michelle Burks is charged with a felony and remains in jail right now.

A judge increased the bond for the charges filed against Burks and found that there is enough probable cause to hold her over for trial.

"Five shots were fired into that office where she was sitting and one of those bullets came in close proximity to where her head would have been positioned," was read in court while Burks was in front of the judge.

She appeared in court for the first time today since her arrest. Burks faces one count of deadly conduct and another of evading arrest. Previously she had a $5,000 bond on each charge. The judge doubled that bond on evading to $10,000. He increased the bond on the deadly conduct charge to $30,000.

Burks was arrested yesterday a few blocks from KTRK after eyewitnesses spotted her just outside the station allegedly firing at the building and vehicles.

According to prosecutors, police found five .40 caliber shell casings in the parking lot of the Walgreens next door to the station. They say five shots made into an office area of KTRK near one employee who was sitting at her desk.

Burks asked the court to appoint an attorney for her. Houston police recovered a gun in her car; a semi-automatic handgun with a capacity of about 12 rounds.

Investigators say the car was similar to the one which was in the front station parking lot six weeks ago when someone shot several vehicles there.

Any motive for the shootings still is unclear:

Burks posted a number of rambling messages on social media. One said simply, -- "I am self-defense." Prosecutors say she also posted pictures that she previously took from inside the station from the front lobby.

No one was injured in yesterday's shooting. If convicted, Burks could be sent to prison for up to 10 years.

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