(ValleyCentral) STARR COUNTY, Texas — A murder allegation against a woman accused of performing a "self-induced abortion" has been dropped by a South Texas district attorney.
The Starr County Sheriff's Office arrested Lizelle Herrera on Thursday and charged her with murder.
According to a sheriff's office representative, Herrera was detained when it was discovered she "intentionally and deliberately caused the death of an individual via self-induced abortion."
On Saturday, April 9, the 26-year-old woman was freed on bail from the Starr County jail.
Following national attention and local protests, Gocha Allen Ramirez, the 229th Judicial District Attorney, announced that his office will file a motion to dismiss Herrera's charge.
Ramirez looked over the relevant state legislation and concluded that Herrera "should not be prosecuted for the allegation leveled against her."
The DA's office will continue to speak with Herrera's attorneys in order to "bring this matter to a close" in the future.
Herrera and her family were affected by the incident, according to the district attorney.
Despite the fact that Ms. Herrera will not face charges as a result of her dismissal, it is evident to me that the circumstances leading up to the indictment have taken a toll on her and her family. It would be stupid to overlook this reality. Although the topics underlying this case are undoubtedly divisive, it is not a criminal matter under Texas law and the evidence given.
Herrera "did not commit a criminal offense under the law of the State of Texas," Ramirez said at the end of his remarks.