HOUSTON, Texas - Kelly Jo Ivey was booked for possession of meth after she was allegedly involved in the deadly car crash that killed Harris County Sheriff Deputy, Jesse Valdez III, on Tuesday night. Ivey was released from Texas prison on October 2 after serving part of a two-year sentence on a previous, unrelated methamphetamine case.
On Thursday, Ivey rolled into court to face a judge.
Since Ivey is being treated for injuries and is on other medications, it delays everything a bit. It could be up to two weeks before the toxicology report sheds more light on this dark case.
"When you have substances competing against each other in someone's body, sometimes it makes it a little bit more difficult for that opinion to be made. The highest and most appropriate charge with the facts that we have right now would be intoxication manslaughter on a peace officer," says Alison Baimbridge, Vehicular Crimes Chief for Harris County District Attorney's Office.
That's a first degree felony, but that's not discouraging Ivey's defense team.
Defense attorney, Shannon Baldwin says, "the facts and evidence at this point are certainly in dispute from the defense perspective; and my office is currently doing an investigation. We're going to investigate everything thoroughly. The most important thing is that justice is done for both sides."
Unfortunately for deputy Valdez, his side will never be heard.