HOUSTON, Texas — A Houston man is facing murder charges after allegedly coaching a 16-year-old in a robbery that led to the teenager’s death. The victim, Edwin Quinones, was fatally shot on December 12 and later found dead in an elevator at the Haven at Elgin apartments.
According to KHOU 11 News legal analyst Carmen Roe, Larry Holmes has been charged with felony murder under the Texas “law of parties.” This law holds each person involved in a crime responsible as a “party” to the offense, even if they were not physically present during the act.
New court documents confirm that Holmes, 18, is charged in connection with Quinones’ death, despite not being at the scene during the robbery. The teen died when he attempted to rob two men at gunpoint in an elevator and was shot in a struggle that followed, according to police.
Roe explained that Holmes was charged with felony murder because he “encouraged” Quinones to carry out the robbery, resulting in a death for which Holmes is also legally responsible. It is a difficult charge to defend, as it all goes back to intent, Roe added.
At the time of Quinones’ death, Holmes was facing three previous felony charges in Harris County. He is now being held on a $275,000 bond and is expected to appear in court again on January 4.
Residents at the Haven on Elgin described the apartment complex as a place where gunfire is unfortunately a common occurrence, with one resident expressing fear for their safety. Despite this, it is unlikely that the person who shot Quinones will face charges, as their actions would most likely be considered self-defense.