HOUSTON, Texas – An 18-year-old has been charged with murder after a deadly shooting in a Third Ward high-rise apartment elevator earlier this month. However, authorities have clarified that he was not the one who pulled the trigger.
According to court documents, 18-year-old Larry Holmes did not fire the deadly shots. Houston police said Holmes “coached” a 16-year-old on how to commit armed robbery, instructing him to point a gun at two people and rob them.
On Dec. 12 at about 11:30 p.m., the 16-year-old followed Holmes’ instructions in an attempt to rob two men in the elevator at the Haven at Elgin apartments on Elgin Street, authorities said. The men shot and killed the 16-year-old.
Records revealed Holmes has previous charges, including aggravated robbery, evading arrest, and unlawfully carrying a weapon. His bond is set at $275,000. Criminal records show Holmes has multiple priors, including a separate aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon case.
The incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential consequences of criminal behavior, particularly for young individuals involved in violent activities. It also highlights the role of older individuals in influencing and directing the actions of minors in criminal activities.
The tragic events that unfolded in the Third Ward high-rise apartment elevator have led to murder charges against an 18-year-old who, despite not pulling the trigger, was involved in a violent armed robbery that resulted in the death of a 16-year-old. The case underscores the impact of criminal behavior on young individuals and the consequences of engaging in violent activities.