Bexar County DA explains reasons for not reopening SAPD shooting cases

DA Joe Gonzales says he has personally reviewed files from previous administrations

Bexar County DA Joe Gonzales explains his reasons for not reopening SAPD shooting cases

SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales has rejected a call to reopen the cases of two black men who were shot and killed by San Antonio police officers in recent years.

“Nothing about the facts of these cases, nothing about what’s in the files, is going to change by us reopening these cases,” Gonzales said Tuesday, referring to the deaths of Marquis Jones and Charles Roundtree.

The two men were shot and killed in separate incidents.

Bexar County DA will not reopen investigations into SAPD-involved shooting deaths of 3 men

Gonzales said that though previous administrations prosecuted the cases, he personally reviewed the files before opting not to reopen the cases.

“There was no attempt by law enforcement to cover up," he said.

However, Gonzales did not close the door entirely on the matter.

“I’m going to keep an open mind, and if somebody wants to step forward and tell me something I don’t already know or has some piece of evidence that they’ve held on to, I’m willing to listen," Gonzales said,

Deborah Bush, Jones’ aunt, called Gonzales' decision “blatant disrespect ... another slap in the face.”

“I will never give up fighting for my nephew," she said.

About the Authors:

Paul Venema is a courthouse reporter for KSAT with more than 25 years experience in the role.

Sal Salazar is a photojournalist at KSAT 12. Before coming to KSAT in 1998, he worked at the Fox affiliate in San Antonio. Sal started off his career back in 1995 for the ABC Affiliate in Lubbock and has covered many high-profile news events since. In his free time, he enjoys spending time at home, gaming and loves traveling with his wife.