June 26, 2008, 11:42AM
Harris County grand jury takes up Joe Horn case again
As a Harris County grand jury resumed hearing testimony today in the case of Pasadena resident Joe Horn, a community activist came to the downtown criminal courthouse with the former fiancee of one of the suspected burglars Horn killed.
Quanell X said he brought Stephanie Storey in his effort to make sure that Horn is indicted for the Nov. 14 shootings. A woman whom he identified as the widow of the other man also was there, and the three left together a short time later.
Storey has said she was the fiancee of Hernando Riascos Torres, whom Horn shot along with Diego Ortiz after confronting them outside a neighbor's house.
The shooting took place in the 7400 block of Timberline.
Quanell X advised Storey not to comment to the media. He said Storey has not been invited to appear before the grand jury, but that he wanted to make her available to the panel.
He did not say how he thought her testimony could benefit the investigation into the shooting.
The activist added that, if grand jurors decide not to indict Horn, they will be sending a message to the nation "that Houston is the wild, wild West."
If Horn is not indicted, Quanell X said, he will lead a protest march that begins at Horn's home.
Horn shot the two men with a 12-gauge shotgun after reporting to a 911 operator that he had heard glass breaking at his neighbor's home. The operator instructed him not to confront the men, saying police were on the way, but Horn went outside.
Moments later, he was recorded on the 911 tape saying, "Move and you're dead." Gunshots then were heard.
Ortiz, 30, and Torres, 38, who were unemployed illegal immigrants from Colombia, died at the scene.
Police said both were shot in the back as one moved toward Horn and then angled to the curb, while the other fled in the opposite direction.
Horn's attorney, Tom Lambright, said recently that the 62-year-old retiree probably would testify before the grand jury if he is invited.
By BRIAN ROGERS
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
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