The president of the Houston Police Officer’s Union is calling for a Harris County judge to step down after allowing a habitual offender, who has since been accused of shooting two Houston police officers, to bond out of jail.
Deon Ledet is accused of killing Sr. Police Officer William “Bill” Jeffrey -- a 30-year veteran of the department. The other officer, Sgt. Michael Vance, was shot several times and is in stable condition. It could take him months to recover.
Ledet was killed in the exchange of fire with the officers.
HPOU President Doug Griffith said Judge Greg Glass needs to resign. “Until he decides to step up and explain himself, we will continue to come after him. I will actively search for people who will run against him.”
According to a criminal history record from the Texas Department of Public Safety, 30-year-old Ledet had several convictions dating back to 2008. In 2015, he was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. In 2020, the felony charge of possession with intent to deliver was added to his rap sheet.
The Harris County District Attorney’s office tells KPRC 2 that Magistrate Lionel Castro set bond amounts for Ledet at $20,000 and $40,000 on Nov. 17, 2020. The next day, on Nov. 18, the District Attorney’s office asked for the bond to be denied because Ledet had two felony convictions. Instead, the DA’s office said Judge Greg Glass of the 208th District Court lowered the bond amounts to $10,000 and $20,000.
ABC13's Ted Oberg tried to speak with Glass earlier this summer when 13 Investigates uncovered he was one of four judges who has not held a single trial in more than a year and a half.
Glass refused to answer.
Griffith is demanding answers from the judge.
"He told him he needed to get an ankle monitor and did that happen? No, it did not," Griffith told ABC13. "His bond was revoked, and he was still out on the streets."
His bailiff said that Judge Glass is not going to speak about his decision regarding Ledet’s bond because he does not believe judges should talk about cases.