Texas Digest: Couple pleads guilty in enslaved nanny case


HOUSTON

Couple pleads guilty in enslaved nanny case

A Houston-area couple has pleaded guilty to charges related to forcing a Nigerian woman to care for their five children and home without pay for two years, having her work nearly 20 hours a day.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Houston says 57-year-old Chudy Nsobundu and his 49-year-old wife, Sandra, both of Katy, Texas, pleaded during a court hearing Wednesday as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

Chudy Nsobundu pleaded guilty to visa fraud while his wife pleaded guilty to unlawful conduct with respect to documents in furtherance of forced labor.

Attorneys for the couple didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment.

Sandra Nsobundu faces up to five years in prison, while her husband faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment when they are sentenced on Jan. 4.

DALLAS

Police officer fatally shoots carjacking suspect

A carjacking suspect is dead after he was shot in what Dallas police said was an armed confrontation with an officer.

A statement on the Dallas Police Department live blog said 24-year-old Anthony Garcia died after he was shot while approaching officers while brandishing a handgun.

The shooting happened about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday in the Oak Cliff district about 5 miles west of downtown Dallas. Police say a plainclothes officer investigating a Tuesday night carjacking spotted the vehicle that was reported stolen. At that point, the driver of the vehicle emerged from the driver’s seat and approached the officer with a handgun. The officer shot him. The officer wasn’t wounded.

TYLER

Acquittals ordered for couple in child scalding case

The state’s highest criminal court threw out the convictions of an East Texas couple on Wednesday, ordering they be acquitted of charges they were responsible for their young granddaughter getting severe scalding burns in the family bathtub more than four years ago.

Kenneth Walker, 59, and Shelley Walker, 64, both of Tyler, have been in prison since 2012, serving 25-year sentences for their convictions in Smith County for injury to a child. They weren’t eligible for parole until 2024.

But the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overruled 6-3 a lower appeals court and said the evidence presented by prosecutors didn’t support the jury’s verdict.

BEACH CITY

Boy, 14, charged in deaths of grandparents

Authorities say a 14-year-old boy has been charged in the fatal shooting of his grandparents at the Houston-area home where they all lived.

Chambers County sheriff’s officials say the boy was being held Wednesday on two capital murder counts. Investigators didn’t immediately say whether they’ll seek to try the juvenile as an adult in the killings in Beach City, 30 miles east of Houston.

No possible motive was immediately released.

Sheriff Brian Hawthorne says the bodies were discovered Tuesday after the boy failed to show up for school and was reached by phone, at the home, in a truancy check. His grandparents couldn’t be reached.

A deputy located the bodies.

The name of the minor hasn’t been released. The sheriff’s office didn’t immediately provide additional custody or attorney information.

Compiled from wire reports


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