Accused Houston serial killer declines court appearance after being accused of having a shank in jail
A homeless Houston man who has been accused of being a serial killer will not appear in court on a new allegation that he made a shank, or a blade, in his cell in the Harris County Jail, his lawyers said Thursday.
Lucky Ward, who has been behind bars for nearly a decade after being implicated in six deaths of homeless or impoverished women and transgender women, will waive his arraignment so prosecutors and his defense team can continue preparing for his pending death penalty trial. The weapon was discovered in his isolation cell last weekend, triggering the new charge.
Allen Isbell, who is defending Ward with Jimmy Ortiz, said Ward would not have to come to court to be arraigned on the low-level felony.
He said Ward, 53, had bigger things to worry about.
“They should dismiss it,” said Isbell of the new charges. “He has enough trouble.”
Keri Fuller, who is part of the team of prosecutors, declined to comment after appearing in state District Judge Vanessa Velasquez’s court to update the judge on the status of the prosecution.
Even though Ward was arrested in 2010, there is still evidence being tested for DNA.
Ward, who has been scheduled for trial twice before, could go to trial in the Spring of 2019.