Murder or self-defense? A jury will have to decide after a 23-year-old single mother was indicted on Tuesday afternoon following a case of road rage.
The incident happened back in September of last year. 23-year-old Crystal Scott fired her weapon at Johnathan Ables after a fender bender off FM 1960. Initially, police believed Scott acted in self-defense but a grand jury decided otherwise.
"Can you imagine a 23-year-old girl working every day and going to college raising a 7-year-old and now faced with murder," said Scott's attorney Letitia Quinones. She also mentioned Scott has been seeking counseling since the whole ordeal and in which she said, Johnathan Ables hit her vehicle from behind.
Like any law-abiding citizen, the single mother pulled over and called police but Quinones explains what happened next: "When Crystal pulled over into that gas station, he jumped out of his vehicle, he charged her vehicle, began beating on her vehicle, started screaming profanities at her and tried to open her door."
In fear of her life, Quinones said Scott, who is licensed to carry, fired her weapon, fatally shooting Ables. At the time, investigators found the 23-year-old acted in self -defense, but after presenting all evidence to a grand jury on Tuesday, the court found otherwise.
"Having a concealed handgun license is not a license to kill and if you believe you have immunity merely because you carry around a little piece of paper in your pocket, you're ultimately going to be called upon to answer for that in a Harris County criminal district courtroom," said Brian Wice, who represents the Ables family.
Wice wouldn't elaborate on what type of evidence was presented before the indictment was handed down, but it was enough to go from finding Scott acting in self-defense to a charge of murder.