The couple who shocked Houston after they posted their shooting exploits on Snapchat are in custody.
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) October 2, 2017
Sierra Tarbutton, 27, was arrested Monday morning and made her first court appearance Monday afternoon; her partner, Michael Anthony Cuellar, 29, appeared in court Tuesday morning.
Tarbutton and Cuellar, a rapper, were charged with felony criminal mischief and deadly conduct.
The duo made headlines last week when a Snapchat video they posted showing them shooting as many as 14 rounds out of a moving vehicle in west Houston in the early-morning hours of Sept. 26 went viral.
Cuellar appeared in court wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt. He was transported to the Harris County Jail from the hearing.
Meanwhile, the duo’s attorneys defended their clients’ actions, saying they are being “villainized:”
“The allegations are that they were shooting at inanimate objects. From what I understand, there wasn’t anyone anywhere near where they were shooting,” Clay Conrad, Tarbutton’s attorney, said in a statement.
This isn’t the first offense on Tarbutton’s record, given her sentence of six years deferred adjudication for harassing a police officer and threatening an officer’s children in 2015.
She was placed on probation in September 2016.
“It’s just not nearly as horrifying a story as it looks to be on the surface,” Paul Looney, Cuellar’s attorney said in an address. “This is not somebody the public needs to be afraid of.”
This is a developing story.