By LeaAnne Klentzman
Jessica Mejorado, the mother of two men attacked at a Stafford bar in December 2010, has been dealt yet another blow. Last week two more of the men involved in the bar shooting that injured one of her sons and took the life of another, were released from jail.
In December of 2010, Jessica Mejorado and her family were in Houston celebrating her husband’s 50th birthday. On their way home they stopped at the Stafford Ice House for a drink. Mejorado’s group walked into the Stafford Ice House and were greeted by neighbors and friends. Shortly thereafter, they were told a story about a fight that had broken out at the Stafford Ice House, earlier in the evening. They listened but thought little about it as they mingled. A short time later the door burst open and four men came in and gun shots ran out. When the smoke cleared, Oscar Mejorado, Jessica’s son and his friend Frankie Pena died from gunshot wounds and four others were treated for various gunshot injuries.
Jessica Mejorado has spent the last six months fighting for charges against all the participants in the Stafford Ice House shootings. She has persistently asked the District Attorney’s Office to file charges relating to the law of parties (accomplices) since she believes that the brothers and cousins that returned to the bar all knew what they were doing; thus making them all culpable. The District Attorney’s Office disagreed, and on the last day of the January to June Grand Jury’s term, they no-billed brothers Joe and Tony Marin. Both men had been in jail for nearly 6 months awaiting indictment. Just weeks after the shooting, Michael Marin turned himself in to authorities. His brothers Joe Marin and Tony Marin followed suit shortly thereafter. Cousin and shooter, Francisco Marin, was taken into custody last January in Brownsville by U.S. Marshals.
According to District Attorney John Healey his office has extensively looked into the case and determined after reviewing all the information they have available, it would be near impossible to make a case beyond a reasonable doubt against anyone but the actual shooter. None of the three Marin brothers have or would confess said Healey. However, Healey did say that his office is seeking capital murder charges against Francisco Marin, the man who is alleged to have been the only shooter. After the DA’s office began to release the Marin brothers, one by one, Jessica Mejorado began to protest. She, family and friends, took their views to the street; protesting several times in front of the Courthouse. The cases proceeded and days after the last protest Joe and Tony Marin were released from jail.
Frustrated by the release of the three brothers, Jessica Mejorado remains determined to find justice for her son and his friend’s deaths and the crippling injury of her other son. Mejorado says the end of this story has yet to be written.