Carl DEBROW Jr.
Edwin Debrow Jr. was, at 12, the youngest person ever charged with
murder in Bexar County.
A jury gave Debrow 27 years in the slaying of Curtis Edwards, a San
Antonio cab driver,
even though Debrow had a much older accomplice.
Debrow was a 4-foot-8, 79-pound kid when he was arrested in 1991.
President George H.
Bush singled out
the young convicted killer in a speech, calling his case "truly
There's nothing jolly about Jolly Time, the East Side street corner
Debrow Jr. sold crack cocaine
in the early 1990s. Dwayne Debrow, Edwin's
cousin and childhood
avoids the place because it's still known
as a drug hang-out.
Curtis Ray Edwards, Debrow’s 33-year-old victim, loved kids. He
and moonlighted as a cab driver, a job that got him killed.
Edwin Debrow Jr. in 1995, while the Texas Youth Commission was still
holding out hope for his
Two years later, at 17, Debrow's violent behavior would land him in
Assistant prosecutor Leticia Cortez was shocked by Debrow's icy
in the courtroom. The jury would watch
bloody footage of the autopsy, she
said, and Debrow would lean over
to get a better look "like it's no big deal."
Judge Andy Mireles recalls a "big discussion" among the jury about
whether Debrow should
or shown leniency because he "was just a product of his environment."
Edwin Debrow at court.
Debrow Jr. in jail.