July 23, 2018

2nd Grand Jury Indictment


Medina grand jury reconvenes, indicts wife
Apr 30th, 2008


According to this Texas Lawyer story, the new grand jury just heard evidence today.   That’s a pretty quick result.   It also goes into some more detail about David Medina:

Vic Wisner, an assistant Harris County district attorney, says that in ensuing months, new evidence and witnesses developed in the case that warranted a second grand jury presentation.  Wisner presented the case to the grand jury.

“We felt we reached a stage that we had sufficient evidence to go forward,” Wisner says.

Wisner says David Medina could be indicted later “if new evidence comes forth.   But at this point, we’re comfortable with the charging decisions.”

“If he has relevant testimony we would call him as a witness at trial,” Wisner says. “We’ve examined the law, and we don’t think the marital privilege applies.”

As for why the grand jury declined to indict David Medina, Wisner says “I think that will be obvious at trial.”

“They examined his conduct and didn’t feel it was criminal conduct, or they felt there was criminal conduct but there wasn’t probable cause,” Wisner says, speaking generally about the grand jury decision.  “But, I can promise, it will all be covered at trial.”

Justice Medina’s wife indicted in Spring home fire
Judge apparently cleared; previous panel’s decision ended in controversy
May 1, 2008


For the second time, a Harris County grand jury indicted the wife of Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina, alleging she burned down the couple’s Spring home and damaged two neighbors’ homes in a fire last year.


Justice’s wife surrenders after arson indictment
May 1, 2008


It’s the second indictment in the case for Francisca Medina.

On Jan. 17, another grand jury indicted Francisca Medina on an arson charge and David Medina on a charge of tampering with a document. Hours after the indictment was handed up, then-Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal said the charges would be dismissed because of “insufficient evidence.”

Prosecutor Vic Wisner, who dismissed the indictments in January, said there has been substantial progress in the investigation in the past four months.

“The only thing that’s changed is that we’ve had an opportunity to complete the investigation,” Wisner said Wednesday. “We reached the point where we feel comfortable in going forward.”


DA drops charges against Justice Medina’s wife in arson
DA drops fire charges against justice’s wife
 August 28, 2009

Arson investigators had said the June 28, 2007, fire caused almost $1 million worth of damage to three homes in the Olde Oaks neighborhood in Spring.

Nathan Green, the fire marshal’s lead investigator on the case initially described the blaze as “very suspicious” and said officials had ruled out any possibility of an electrical fire and found no evidence to suggest it was accidental.

Green could not be reached for comment Friday, but Capt. Lonnie Blevins said the fire marshal’s office now agrees that an electrical fire could not be ruled out.

Critical of fire marshal
DeGuerin and Yates took Green to task.

“(The experts) were very critical of the fire marshal’s office for their failure to look at other possibilities and to follow other leads,” DeGuerin said.

“Had (Green) done a proper investigation, she wouldn’t have been indicted in the first place,” Yates said.


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