Emotions erupt in court as murder victim’s family confronts killer ex-boyfriend after he was seen laughing during court proceedings.
Setting the Scene in a Texas Courtroom
In a Texas courtroom, a scene of raw emotions unfolded when a mother, Anna Machado, lashed out at her daughter’s killer, Frank DeLeon Jr, during a court appearance.
Murder of 16-Year-Old
DeLeon Jr, who admitted to brutally ending 16-year-old Diamond Alvarez’s life with 22 gunshot wounds, triggered a violent confrontation in the courtroom as her grieving family members took justice into their own hands.
The Guilty Plea
The courtroom confrontation took place during DeLeon Jr’s guilty plea for Diamond’s murder.
The Tragic Incident
This tragic incident dates back to January 2022 when the young girl was shot 22 times after she discovered that DeLeon Jr was involved with another girl. Once she learned about the cheating scandal, she decided to end their relationship.
Murderer “Laughing” in Family’s Face
In an emotional outburst, Ms. Machado, who had just shared a victim impact testimony in the courtroom, claimed that DeLeon Jr was “laughing” in her face.
The Physical Altercation
Unable to contain her grief and anger, she, along with two family members, physically confronted the man who had taken her daughter’s life.
The Dramatic Confrontation
As DeLeon Jr confessed his guilt and the plea deal exchanged his freedom for a 45-year prison sentence, Ms. Machado and her family members could no longer contain their anguish.
Violence erupted as Diamond’s uncle punched DeLeon Jr multiple times, and the courtroom descended into chaos.
Court employees intervened to restrain the brawling relatives, and Ms. Machado desperately tried to come to her relative’s defense.
Video Footage Shows Moms Go Head to Head
A video captured from outside the courtroom documented the chaos and the shoving match that ensued as the victim and murderer’s mothers entered the fray.
In the aftermath of the fight, Judge Hazel B Jones ordered the courtroom to adjourn, and Diamond’s uncle was detained, with his legal consequences yet to be determined.
The Overwhelming Grief and Regret
In the midst of the chaos, Ms. Machado accused DeLeon Jr of showing a lack of remorse and called him a “monster.” She also revealed that seeing him in court, seemingly indifferent to the pain he had inflicted, added to her anguish.
A Mother’s Regret
However, Ms. Machado later expressed regret over the courtroom outburst, acknowledging that their actions had been wrong.
“I Want My Daughter Back”
She stated, “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.”
Murderer Still Seen as “Monster” in Mother’s Eyes
Yet, she reiterated her conviction that DeLeon Jr remained a “monster” in her eyes and that his apparent indifference to the gravity of his actions was unacceptable.
“My Daughter’s Not a Joke”
She concluded, “A life is not a joke. My daughter’s not a joke.”
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