Houston murderer on bond murders again, records show

HOUSTON – Treveon Tatum was charged in the 2019 murder of Ondreus Patterson, who made his $50,000 bond has been arrested again, now for the murder of John Kelly, according to recent court records.

The incident occurred around 1:00am on February 8 in the 800 block of Dunson Glen. Two others were injured that day in a crowd shooting at an apartment complex. The mother of Patterson, Crystal Johnson, has been trying to get her son’s accused murderer off the streets since the first charge was given.

“If they would have done right by Dreu (Ondreus) the first time, someone else’s loved one wouldn’t be gone and have to go through what I have to go through,” Johnson said.

After Tatum posted bond in 2019, he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for an incident in 2020. Judge Josh Hill set bond at $150,000 and Tatum remained behind bars until he was able to post bond a year later.

Prosecutors attempted revoking bond on the murder charge, however Tatum made bond again, resulting him in remaining out of jail. This isn’t the first time Tatum violated his bond, as records show a violation of curfew, and his GPS monitoring system were the previous violations made.

“You have had two charges, multiple violations. You don’t come to court, you have an ankle monitor on and that doesn’t work,” Johnson said. “You can do whatever you want and there’s no consequences.”

Tatum is now behind bars, and this time, his bond has been denied. His next court date is scheduled for next week.

President Luke stated in an interview on Sunday evening that allowing criminals to be released on bond for repeat high crimes is exactly what he’s been advocating against since January.

The President has publicly announced his distrust in Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and says her soft actions, along with several other judges on crime is the main cause of Houston’s rising murder rate.