HOUSTON (FOX 26) - He was once a teen at the center of one of the most public Houston Police Department brutality cases. Chad Holley is now charged in the death of a man who was killed in a robbery.
After surveillance video surfaced in March 2010, twelve Houston police officers were reprimanded, seven were fired, four were charged and the then 15-year-old burglary suspect beaten in the video was hospitalized. That teen is now 22 years old and it isn't burglary but a capital murder charge for Chad Holley.
David Trejo-Gonzalez, 42, was robbed and shot after returning to his apartment unit on East Crosstimbers Street from a trip to the grocery store in September 2016.
"Somebody that we talk to, saying hello to a neighbor and he gets killed -- it's hard,” explains 16-year-old Fernando Martinez, who was Trejo-Gonzalez's neighbor.
“He was screaming for help,” adds neighbor Jasson Martinez. The body of Trejo-Gonzalez was found face down in the courtyard of the apartment complex. A bullet hole remains on the property.
“It's our neighbor and it's sad to hear somebody died from right here in our neighborhood,” adds Jasson.
Investigators have arrested Holley and he has been charged in Trejo-Gonzalez's death.
"Chad vigorously denies he's involved with any type of homicide or killing," says community activist Quanell X, who has spoken with Holley and has been one of his fervent supporters.
After the beating in 2010, HPD officer Drew Ryser was found guilty of official oppression. Officers Raad Hassan and Phil Bryan pleaded no contest. All three of them were sentenced to probation. Officer Andrew Blomberg was acquitted.
Holley would go on to be charged with another burglary, theft and trespassing. He was actually in jail on a probation violation when he was charged charged in Trejo-Gonzalez's death.
“I've seen him make many mistakes and God is not through with him yet, but Chad Holley being a killer? I'm very suspicious and suspect about that and I would truly like to see what real evidence do they have to back up these charges,” adds Quanell X.
Holley is scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment hearing on Tuesday where more details will be released about the evidence that prosecutors say they have against him.