Man 'intentionally' shot into home of 20-year-old killed as she slept, court records state

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Monday, October 5, 2020
Man charged 3 weeks after woman killed in her sleep
Andre Colson, 26, appeared in probable cause court on Monday, Oct. 5, and according to court documents read out loud, Colson's attire the night of the shooting, along with text messages, may have led investigators to the crime. Watch his court appearance in the video above.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A man charged with murder "intentionally and knowingly" shot into a home where a 20-year-old woman died while she was asleep, court documents stated.

Andre Colson, 26, was charged Saturday in connection with the Sept. 13 death of Sierra Rhodd in the Cypress area.

Sierra, a 20-year-old with cerebral palsy, was killed when shots were fired into her home while she was sleeping. Investigators believe Sierra's 15-year-old brother was the target of the attack. Her brother, their mother and father were all home during the shooting and uninjured.

Colson appeared in probable cause court on Monday.

According to documents read during his court appearance, investigators said Colson admitted to having a handgun, but stated he did not shoot it.

Deputies at the scene searched multiple areas of the Rhodd home the night of the shooting and "found several shell casings," one of which led investigators to Colson, court documents state.

Court documents also show investigators reviewed Colson's cell phone and found text messages sent to a contact saying, in part, "Come get me. [Expletive] that. I'm [going to] spray this [Expletive] up."

The messages were sent on Sept. 13 prior to the shooting.

The charge comes weeks after a judge found no probable cause to charge an 18-year-old woman in the case. In court, the judge chastised prosecutors and investigators for not making a clear and convincing connection between the getaway car spotted at the shooting, and finding the woman nearby in a similar truck several minutes later.

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"She was my baby," her dad said. "One moment she was there and the next she was gone."

"Just because I drive a red truck doesn't mean I'm involved in a murder," said the judge to the prosecutor in court at the time. "There's a lot of things that indicate she may be involved, but until you have something that goes beyond reasonable suspicion, you don't have probable cause."

Colson remains in jail and is being held on an $80,000 bond.

A week after Sierra's killing, her father, Mike Rhodd, was shot to death during a fight at the home of his in-laws. His father-in-law said the shooting was in self-defense, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. No arrests were made in that case.

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Mike Rhodd was shot and killed by his father-in-law who claimed he was being attacked, Harris County Sheriff's investigators said.

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The grandmother of Sierra Rhodd released the first public statement on Monday, Sep. 21, and she's getting for your help. Hit play to hear what the statement read and how you can help turn things around.