Teen murder victim’s loved ones attack killer ex-boyfriend for ‘laughing’ in court

Frank DeLeon Jr admitted to shooting his ex-girlfriend, Diamond Alvarez, 22 times in January 2022

Martha McHardy
Wednesday 18 October 2023 17:02 BST
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A fight broke out in a Texas courtroom after the mother of a murder victim attacked her daughter’s killer as she claimed he was “laughing” in her face.

Anna Machado and two of her family members attacked Frank DeLeon Jr, 19, during a Tuesday court appearance after he pleaded guilty to the murder of his ex-girlfriend Diamond Alvarez, 16.

DeLeon Jr admitted to shooting the 16-year-old 22 times in January 2022 under a plea deal in exchange for a 45-year prison sentence.

Diamond’s mother, Ms Machado, had just finished giving victim impact testimony in court when she attacked DeLeon Jr.

As DeLeon Jr was ushered to a corner, a bailiff held Ms Machado back as Diamond’s uncle punched DeLeon Jr several times before being tackled to the ground by court employees.

Ms Machado attempted to rush to the defense of her relative but was blocked by DeLeon Jr’s own mother who began to shove her, video footage captured by KHOU from outside the courtroom shows.

The brawling families were then separated before Judge Hazel B Jones ordered the courtroom to adjourn.

Anna Machado (left) brawled with the mother of her daughter’s accused killer
Anna Machado (left) brawled with the mother of her daughter’s accused killer (KHOU 11)

Diamond’s uncle was detained and taken away in handcuffs. It is not known whether he has been charged for the incident.

Following the fight, Ms Machado accused DeLeon Jr of smiling during her testimony, calling him a “monster”.

However, she apologised for attacking him and expressed her regret over the courtroom outburst.

“That was wrong of me, that was wrong of us, because we are not monsters,” she said.

Diamon’s uncle punched Mr DeLeon Jr in the face several times
Diamon’s uncle punched Mr DeLeon Jr in the face several times (KHOU 11)

“But it’s so much hate, because I want my daughter back, and what he did is horrible, seeing my daughter there and looking at him, knowing he did that, and him laughing at my face, it was very wrong and I’m sorry for that.”

“He’s a monster in my eyes. That would never change. Did he look remorseful at all? No. He was laughing at my face,” she added. “(Like) it’s a joke. A life is not a joke. My daughter’s not a joke.”

Diamond was killed after she discovered DeLeon Jr was seeing another girl and ended their relationship.

Frank DeLeon Jr
Frank DeLeon Jr (Houston Police)
Diamond Alvarez, 16, was shot 22 times
Diamond Alvarez, 16, was shot 22 times (GoFundMe)

DeLeon Jr shot the 16-year-old after asking her to meet up at a park.

Following the shooting, Diamond’s mother found her daughter lying on the ground after hearing gunshots.

She performed CPR on her teenage daughter, to no avail.

DeLeon Jr accepted a plea deal and faces 45 years in prison at his sentencing on Thursday. He will be eligible for parole halfway through the term.

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