AUSTIN (KXAN) — The person of interest in the shooting of Judge Julie Kocurek, Chimene Onyeri, was moved from the Harris County Jail to Travis County Jail on Wednesday. A spokesperson for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office says Onyeri arrived around 1 p.m.
The decision to move Onyeri, 28, came after Harris County dropped the 2015 murder charge against him. He is now being charged with a new racketeering indictment in Louisiana. Despite Harris County dropping the charges, that does not mean the indictment is going away. A Harris County spokesperson said the charge will now be added to the racketeering indictment.
Rosemary Lehmberg, Travis County District Attorney, told KXAN Travis County has a hold on Onyeri that supersedes his charges in Louisiana. The hold is connected to his 2012 fraud case that led to his three year probation sentence by Judge Kocurek.During the summer of 2015, Travis County prosecutors called for the arrest of Onyeri for violating his probation in a similar fraud case in Louisiana.
So far, Onyeri has not been charged for the shooting of Kocurek in November. According to jail records, Onyeri is a federal detainer on him as well.