Man charged with murder over a parking spot makes bond

Tuesday, August 30, 2022
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Christopher David Hernandez posted $300,000 bond Monday night. He's been ordered on house arrest with an ankle monitor.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A 22-year-old man accused of killing a father over a spot in a Walmart parking lot has posted bond.

Christopher David Hernandez is charged with Joshua Lazard's murder after police said he shot and killed the stranger in broad daylight.

"If it's something as stupid as a parking spot, come on," Lazard's wife, Itasca Dickson, told ABC13. "I'm sure that man has a family, so why would you shoot somebody over something so small?"

According to records, Hernandez works as a painter and has no criminal record but now faces a possible sentence of life behind bars.

On Sunday, a judge set Hernandez's bond to $300,000 and called him an extreme danger to the community, considering how many bystanders were around at the time of the shooting.

After posting bond on Monday, Hernandez's conditions include house arrest with an ankle monitor. He is also not allowed to drive or possess any weapons.

Investigators said the two men were arguing outside a Walmart on 9460 West Sam Houston Parkway South at about 3:20 p.m. Saturday.

"The witness who was just getting her reusable grocery bags out of her car in the Walmart parking lot saw (Lazard) yell at someone, 'You don't know how to drive.' Then saw (Lazard) walking towards the Walmart and saw (Hernandez) approach the complainant," the judge said during court.

Officials said that's when Hernandez shot Lazard several times. He then walked inside the store and called the police.

A spokesperson with the Houston Police Department said Lazard was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Lazard leaves behind a wife and three sons.

"I can't make these children be men by myself. That wasn't my responsibility. That was his," Dickson said.