Grand jury decides not to indict Victoria councilman

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Nov. 21, 2013 at 5:21 a.m.
Updated Nov. 22, 2013 at 5:22 a.m.

A grand jury decided there is not enough evidence to indict City Councilman Dr. Andrew Young with assaulting his wife, District Attorney Stephen Tyler said Thursday.

"The 377th (District) grand jury determined there was no assault bodily injury and no restriction of the airway," Tyler said.

This grand jury met Nov. 14 to consider numerous cases.

For Young's case, grand jury members listened to about three hours of testimony and deliberated for 30 minutes, Tyler said.

What is discussed in a grand jury proceeding is confidential.

Young was arrested Oct. 24 on suspicion of assault by strangulation/family violence, a third-degree felony.

The couple argued while drinking at home, and it escalated to alleged violence, according to a police report.

That officer observed that Young's wife had a large knot forming near her eye and red marks on or around her neck.

Records show a judge later reduced the charge to assault causing bodily injury to a family member - a Class A misdemeanor.

Pleased with the outcome, Young said Thursday that he and his wife fully cooperated with the grand jury and are still together.

"I do not plan on stepping down. I made a commitment to the city and the voters. Conducting city business is important and has nothing to do with my personal or private life," he said.

Young added that the case also did not distract him from his duties as a councilman or as a doctor.

Police investigated for three weeks, and Tyler presented to the grand jury the felony and misdemeanor.

The grand jury denied both, finding that Young's actions were justified because of a "defense of necessity," Tyler said.

The people in the 377th grand jury are randomly selected, he said.

"It's not a political decision," Tyler said. "I don't care what his (Young's) income is or what color his skin is ... neither did the grand jury."

He will not present the case to the grand jury again.

Jaime Solis Jr., 32, who organized a protest a few weeks ago, said he does not wish ill on Young but still thinks he should resign. Solis will continue to call for his resignation and hopes other council members do, too.

He thinks Young is guilty and said if Young can't take care of his family, he can't take care of the city.

"If it was me or anybody in my section of life, they would have locked me up and thrown away the key," he said.



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