A Travis County Grand Jury indicted former APD Detective Charles Kleinert for shooting death of Larry Jackson Jr.
Kleinert walked into the Travis County Justice Complex late Monday afternoon with his attorney to turn himself in on the manslaughter charge. Kleinert was booked and posted a personal bond according to the jail.
Jackson was shot in the neck following an altercation with Kleinert in July of 2013 following a bank robbery in Central Austin. The indictment comes 10 months after the shooting. The grand jury started hearing evidence and testimony back in March.
Billie Mercer, Jackson's mother, calls the indictment the best Mother's Day gift. "I'd like to thank the grand jury for indicted Charles Kleinert for killing my son. He was my heart and I miss him very much," said Mercer. Mercer testified before the grand jury during this process. She and her husband joined their attorney Adam Loewy Monday afternoon for a press conference. Loewy calls the grand jury's decision a good day for justice.
"Our hope is next there will be a conviction. This is not the end of the road but a big step towards justice," said Loewy.
CLEAT, an organization that represents more 19,000 peace officers across the state says Kleinert will have his day in court. Spokesman John Moritz says he's confident Kleinert will be acquitted.
Manslaughter is a second degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Kleinert's Attorney Randy T. Leavitt released the following statement:
“We are disappointed about the Grand Jury decision today but not surprised by the events. With all of the publicity and leaks surrounding this case anything can happen in a grand jury. Please remember this is just the first step in the process and this case is far from over. We look forward to the day we get to participate in the proceedings and tell the whole story about what happened. We will not let Trey Kleinert go to jail for doing his job trying to protect the citizens of Austin.”LINK: