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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Pair indicted by Bexar County Grand Jury for robbery, double murder

This week, Bexar County Grand Juries handed down nearly 250 felony indictments.

James Miller and Jaylen Dears are charged with capital murder. The indictment alleges that on Dec. 17, 2020, Miller and Dears intentionally caused the deaths of Bobby Carter and Robert Smith by shooting both Carter and Smith with a deadly weapon (firearm) and Miller and Dears were in the course of committing or attempting to commit the offense of robbery of Carter and Smith. These cases are being prosecuted by the Criminal Trial Division in the 437th District Court. Capital murder is punishable by life in prison or the death penalty and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

J. Mariah Pope-Williams and Natalie Carrington are charged in separate indictments with capital murder. The indictments allege that on July 14, 2020, Pope-Williams and Carrington intentionally caused the death of Jasmine Williams by shooting Williams with a deadly weapon (firearm) and Pope-Williams and Carrington were in the course of committing the offense of robbery of Williams. Johntavion Sounders, Alissa Weese, Kyle Phillips and Dorian Murphree were previously indicted for their alleged roles in the same offense. These cases are being prosecuted by the Criminal Trial Division in the 226th District Court. Capital murder is punishable by life in prison or the death penalty and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

Jeanne Coutros is charged with intoxication manslaughter. The indictment alleges that on March 10, 2020, Coutros did operate a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated, and did by reason of such intoxication cause the death of Rodney Rheiner by accident or mistake by driving the motor vehicle into a motor vehicle occupied by Rodney Rheiner. The indictment also alleges that Coutros recklessly caused bodily injury to John Rheiner by failing to failing to maintain a single lane of traffic and/or by other means. The indictment also alleges that Coutros, while using a vehicle, did intentionally flee from a person Coutros knew was a peace officer who was attempting lawfully to arrest and detain Coutros. This case is being prosecuted by the Criminal Trial Division in the 290th District Court. Intoxication manslaughter is a second degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

Jonathan Richard Perez is charged with continuous violence against the family. The indictment alleges that on Dec. 24, 2020, intentionally, knowingly or recklessly caused bodily injury to Alyssa Perez, a person with whom the defendant had or has had a dating relationship, by intentionally, knowingly or recklessly impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of Alyssa Perez by applying pressure to the throat or neck of Alyssa Perez. It also alleges that on or about the 25th day of December, 2020, the defendant did intentionally, knowingly or reckless caused bodily injury to Alyssa Perez by striking Alyssa Perez with the defendant’s hands or by banging Alyssa Perez’s head against a couch; and on or about the 14th day of January, 2021, the defendant did intentionally, knowingly or reckless cause bodily injury to Alyssa Perez, by striking Alyssa Perez with the defendant’s hands or by slamming Alyssa Perez’s head against the window or door of a vehicle; and on or about the 14th day of January, 2021, the defendant did intentionally, knowingly or reckless cause bodily injury to Alyssa Perez by intentionally, knowingly or recklessly impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of Alyssa Perez by applying pressure to the throat or neck of Alyssa Perez; and on or about the 21st day of February, 2021, the defendant did intentionally, knowingly or reckless cause bodily injury to Alyssa Perez, by striking Alyssa Perez with the defendant’s hand or by pushing Alissa Perez with the defendant’s hands, and said conduct by the defendant occurred during a period that was 12 months or less in duration. This defendant is also awaiting trial on separate charges of violation of bond or protective order and unlawfully carrying a weapon on a licensed premise. These cases are being prosecuted by the Public Integrity and Cyber Crime Division in the 226th District Court. These offenses are third degree felonies punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. A person charged by indictment is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury or a judge. Because these cases are pending, we can make no further comment on them.

Copies of indictments may be requested from the Bexar County District Clerk. Information on court settings can be found by searching the case online or directly from the court.

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