A Brazoria County jury finds the woman accused of killing a Pearland Police Officer guilty of intoxication manslaughter.
Police Chief Remarks After Guilty Verdict –
“Following today’s guilty verdict in the trial of Amber Willemsen, Chief of Police J. L. Spires released the following statement: The loss of an officer in the line of duty is never easy; the impact is felt by the entire department and the community; however, none are affected more than those that first responded to the scene. I would like to first recognize and thank the dispatchers who received the calls of Endy’s crash and the police officers, Firefighters and flight medics who responded to the scene that fateful night in June, 2016. They carried out heroic efforts to try and save the life of our fallen Brother and worked courageously and honorably, even when faced with the grim reality that Endy’s injuries were fatal. I would also like to recognize the outstanding work of investigators from the Pearland Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department and others who collected evidence and conducted interviews for the investigation. They dedicated countless hours in the days, weeks, and months that followed this crash to make sure the defendant in this case would receive a fair trial. I would like also to recognize the outstanding work of the Brazoria County District Attorney’s Office, especially Jerri Yenne, Mary Aldous, and Ian Patin for their months of preparation of the case that got us to where we are today. Over the last few weeks as this case was presented in court, witnesses were called to testify, evidence was presented and then the men and women of the jury deliberated. Today as the guilty verdict was read we are satisfied that justice has been done. The past year has been a long and difficult journey for the Pearland Police Department; however, it is not one that we have had to make on our own. We have had great support from our community, our Citizen’s Police Academy, our chaplains, the 100 Club of Pearland, our co-workers from other departments in the city and even from strangers from around the nation; each of whom took the time to reach out to us with prayers and kind words after Endy’s death. Today’s verdict is just the next step in the healing process for Endy’s family, this department and our community. The effects of that terrible night in 2016 will continue to be felt for years to come. We will not forget Endy as we move forward, but with this verdict we can now continue the long process of healing. I ask that you keep Lucy, Julian and Endy’s mother, Ms. Addy and our department in your prayers.”
J. L. Spires Chief of Police
Officer Ekpanya was killed in the line of duty back at the intersection of Country Club and Broadway in Pearland. The 30-year-old officer was hit head-on while heading to a non-emergency call. EOW 12 June 2016.
Ekpanya left behind a two-year-old son and a fiancé.
Amber Williamsen now faces from five to 99 years in prison.