HOUSTON --The suspect in the murder of an 11-year-old north Houston boy who was fatally stabbed while walking home to school last month went before a judge this morning.
Andre Jackson was in court for less than five minutes. He entered handcuffed with several guards escorting him. When he walked in, he showed no emotion, but when he approached the bench, we saw Jackson visibly shaking.
During this morning's court appearance, we learned new details about what investigators say happened on May 17, the day Josue Flores was murdered. We learned Flores was stabbed 20 times. And now, prosecutors say Jackson admitted he was in the video released last week near the scene.
Right before Jackson came to court, about 20 people marched silently in remembrance of Flores. They started at the memorial and walked 1.5 miles to the courthouse, escorted by police.
Several of them came into the courtroom. They were emotional.
Right before they went in, Flores' sister spoke to us.
"We're making a voice for my little brother," said Guadalupe Flores. "He doesn't have one. We are his voice. We are going to get justice for him."
"We wanted to just walk in silence to let them know we want justice for Josue," said Sonia Parker, who organized the march.
"It's not a homeless problem and it's not a Salvation Army problem," said Carlos Parrish, who participated in the march. "It's an individual problem."
Bond for Jackson is at $100,000.
A veteran who knows the man told only abc13 he's in total shock over the arrest. The man asked abc13 to refer to him only as "J." He says when he learned Andre Timothy Jackson had been charged in the murder of 11-year-old Josue Flores he said, "I couldn't believe it."
J says he met him while at the Salvation Army Harbor Light center. The two were in a veterans program and had served as Marines at different times in Iraq.