Sunday, April 17, 2011

Harris County Constable Killed While Visiting Drug House and Prostitute While Off-duty

Harris County, Texas

Note: The death of any human being is tragic and it is a difficult story to report. However, according to details, alleged misconduct led to the loss of life of an officer.

On the night he was shot to death, an off-duty Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constable allegedly visited a drug house and a prostitute, according to court records.

Lee Eldridge Sonier, 31, and Judy Wallace Hambrick (also known as Judy Lucille Hambrick), 40, have been charged with capital murder in Deputy Ronnie Brewer's shooting death about 1 a.m. on Tuesday in northeast Houston. Robbery was the apparent motive.

Hambrick, whose criminal record includes a prior prostitution conviction, was in jail Friday with no bail set. She was arrested Tuesday on a charge of theft of a firearm from Brewer's vehicle, and the capital murder charge was added Thursday.

Sonier surrendered Friday afternoon. He had been detained Tuesday for questioning but was later released. Further investigation led to his being charged with capital murder, police said.

Court documents state that shortly before Brewer died, he visited a "dope house" with Hambrick and Sonier, who is accused of robbing and shooting the deputy after he engaged in sex with Hambrick.

In a prepared statement Friday, Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman's office said, "This single incident (or set of circumstances) in which Deputy Brewer is believed to have placed himself which led to this tragic outcome should not overshadow his many years of service and dedication."


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