Suspect in Katy-Area Mom's Murder Out on PR Bonds at Time of Shooting


July 21, 2020

By Katy Magazine Editors

Last week, a young mom was shot and killed at a Katy-area apartment complex. New information reveals her killer was out on a personal recognizance bond. In Harris County, suspects released on PR bonds have now resulted in 39 deaths in less than two years.

Mom Killed by Felon Out on Bond

Kimberly Robinson, 28, was shot and killed in the early hours of July 17 in her home at the Paramount Apartments at the 1800 block of Barker Cypress in Houston. Authorities reported she was in bed with her 4-year-old daughter at the time. The little girl was shot twice but recovered. At the time of the shooting there were five children in the apartment, and a 10-year-old called for relatives and help.

Cedgadrick Ardarius Harris, 24, now charged with capital murder, was out on multiple personal recognizance bonds, or PR bonds, including a previous assault against Robinson. He is reportedly Robinson’s ex-boyfriend.

“Kimberly Robinson was murdered not only by the defendant but her death is directly tied into the guise of criminal justice and bond reform,” says Andy Kahan, Director of Victims Services and Advocacy with Crime Stoppers Houston.

A PR bond allows a defendant to be released from jail without being required to post any money for their bond. Essentially, they are released on a promise to appear at their next court date.

The two judges that released the suspect prior to the murder were Colin Amann and Lionel Castro.

“This isn’t anything new,” says Kahan. “But COVID-19 has given the system a reason to get these offenders out of jail.”

In his role with Crime Stoppers Houston, Kahan investigates specific cases. He focuses not on first-time offenders but rather those charged with new violent crimes who also have a history with violent crimes.

Kahan points out that setting low bonds presents a dangerous situation for local neighborhoods. Robinson’s murder is a prime example of how deadly this can be.