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Man in Videotaped Police Beating Case Accused of Murder

A Houston man whose 2010 videotaped beating by police was cited by activists as an example of police brutality against minorities remained jailed Tuesday after being charged with capital murder.

Chad Holley, 22, appeared in court during a brief hearing in which prosecutors alleged he fatally shot a man in September during a robbery.

Police have accused Holley of killing David Trejo-Gonzalez, 42, as the victim was walking from his vehicle to his apartment in north Houston.

Court records didn't list an attorney for Holley.

Quanell X, a community activist who has worked with Holley and his family since the videotaped beating case, remained supportive.

"At the end of the day is he guilty of capital murder? I don't know," Quanell X said. "But the Chad Holley I do know, for years you might put some petty theft charge on him. But to turn him out to be a cold blooded killer, that's not the Chad Holley I know."

In March 2010, Holley was 15 years old when he was caught as a burglary suspect. Security video from a business showed officers appearing to kick and beat him. In that case, Holley was convicted of burglary in juvenile court and received probation.

Four officers were indicted on misdemeanor charges in the beating case. Two officers pleaded guilty, one was convicted and another was acquitted.

At the trial of one of the indicted officers, then-Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland Jr. testified the video sickened him and gave the department a "black eye."

Since the beating incident, Holley has had other encounters with law enforcement.

In 2012, Holley was arrested on another burglary charge and later sentenced to six months in jail.

When he was charged with capital murder this week, Holley was already in custody on separate charges of theft and trespassing.

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