Houston Man Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Capital Murder for Running Over Woman After Purse Snatching at McDonald’s
A Houston man was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole after being convicted of capital murder in the 2021 death of Martha Medina, who was run over in the parking lot of an east Houston McDonald’s after she was robbed, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced.
“The callousness of this crime shocked the community because it was a premeditated and planned robbery that ended with a woman dying after being run over in broad daylight,” Ogg said. “No family should have to hear that their loved one was targeted after leaving a bank and then mercilessly killed.”
Andrew Williams, aka John Williams, 41, was automatically sentenced to life in prison after being convicted Monday of capital murder in the death of 71-year-old Martha Medina on Sept. 23, 2021.
Williams and two other men, whose cases are pending, were in a parked car outside an area bank, apparently looking for someone to rob, when they saw Medina leave the bank. They followed her to a McDonald’s restaurant in the 400 block of Uvalde in Cloverleaf. Medina went into the restaurant to get breakfast, and when she came out, the men snatched her purse, knocking her to the ground.
The attackers backed over Medina as they reversed out of their parking space and then ran over her as they sped away. She was transported to an area hospital where she died of her injuries.
Williams was free on bond at the time of the slaying for a different capital murder.
Assistant District Attorneys Sean Kozar-King and Cameron Calligan prosecuted the case.
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