Houston man commits murder while free on bond; still no sentencing three years later

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hirty-year-old Deerian Carroway. What happened while he was out on these bonds has left a family grieving and trying to overcome the death of 47-year-old Patrick Aiken.

Carroway has admitted to the slaying of Aiken nearly three years ago. But instead of sitting in prison, he still has not been sentenced after pleading guilty to the murder and numerous other violent crimes.

According to Houston’s Fox 26, Carroway was in prison from 2014 to 2018 for an aggravated assault conviction.

Kahan says that Carroway was released from prison and went on a crime spree that started in 2019. He was originally charged with felon in possession of a weapon and felony evading arrest in neighboring Fort Bend County. A judge there released Carroway on a felony bond.

Just a few months later, Carroway moved his activities to Harris County.

"We get one, two, three aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon charges and yet another evading arrest charge," Kahan said.

Carroway then appeared in court in Houston in May of 2020. Judge Lori Chambers Gray lowered his bond to just $20,000.

He walked away a free man.

While the convicted felon was facing all of those charges, the judge’s decision left him out on the streets. It was just four months after that bond decision that Carroway was alleged to have shot and killed Aiken.

This past February 15th, Carroway appeared in emergency relief court and pleaded guilty to all charges against him.

He was scheduled for sentencing in May of this year. "That did not happen because he decided to get a new lawyer after he pled guilty," Aiken’s sister Theresa Seck told the Fox affiliate.

July 5th became the new date for his sentencing. “We were all en route, heading to the court when I got a call saying it was canceled again,” said Seck.

The reason for this postponement was due to Carroway’s new attorney dealing with flight delays. August 3rd was the adjusted date.

The family was once in again left disappointed and wondering why. They later discovered that Carroway’s attorney called in sick.

As of this writing, it is unclear when the sentencing will take place. "The family is still being victimized because they just won't give the sentence," Kahan said.

Seck spoke out about the continued delays and the lack of justice and closure for her family.

"They have no regard for what they're putting us through no regard at all. I feel angry. I feel powerless. I don't know what else to do," she said. "It will be three years on September 20th that my brother was murdered in front of his apartment."

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office issued a statement, saying that they share in the family’s aggravation. "We share the family's frustration with the delays. The state is ready to proceed. We look forward to getting Justice for Patrick Aikens and his family."

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