July 6th, 2010
02:33 PM ET

Prosecution witness murdered


Gabe Falcon
AC360° Writer

A Texas woman has been accused of killing a man who was to testify against her brother in a criminal trial, authorities said.

Sonya Amador, 25, of Houston, was charged with the capital murder of Milton Flores, the Harris County District Attorney's Office said. She is being held without bail.

Flores, 22, was found shot to death in the driver's seat of his vehicle on June 30, police said. According to investigators, witnessed observed a black SUV fleeing the scene moments after the shooting.

Upon further investigation, Amador was arrested for the murder. "The motive was learned to be retaliation to stop the complainant from testifying as a witness in another criminal offense," the police said in a statement.

"A witness came forward that indicated that the defendant, Ms. Amador, had been trying to arrange the killing," said Donna Hawkins, spokeswoman for the Harris County District Attorney's Office. "The killing was done because she didn't want the complainant to testify in court against her brother."

Hawkins said the victim had accused Mr. Amador of aggravated robbery.
She said the case against Ms. Amador's brother had been dismissed on July 2 "due to the murder of the only witness," but was re-filed on July 4 because of new evidence.

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