A Texas grand jury indicted the Houston lawyer for allegedly intoxicating his wife with abortion pills to end her pregnancy.
Mason Herring, a Houston lawyer and founder of Herring Law Firm at 38, was indicted for two felonies, including assaulting a pregnant woman, by a Harris County grand jury. According to court records, he was initially arrested in May. He was released on a $30,000 bond.
According to the assistant district attorney, Herring and his wife divorced early in the year. However, they were still trying to mend their marriage. Herring’s wife informed him in February that she was pregnant with their child.
According to KTRK, Anthony Osso was the assistant district attorney for the domestic violence division. He stated that he understood that the pregnancy wasn’t received well by Herring. “That was through marriage counseling as well as text messages later.”
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Herring began to tell his wife in March that she needed to stay hydrated. He gave her water that appeared cloudy by March.
“On March 17, 2017, the defendant, Mr. Herring stops by the house to get breakfast. Osso asked him if he could bring water for her. “Again, he is talking to her about the need to keep hydrated. He said, “If you don’t do that, I won’t leave.” It was strange to her. She thought the water was cloudy. He drank the water and she questioned him. Then he left and took that cup.
After becoming severely ill, the woman sought medical attention at a hospital. KTRK reports that doctors were unable to diagnose the problem.
The affidavit states that “She said that she began to suspect that something was in her drink, and that it might have been abortion drug.”
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Herring offered water, but the wife installed cameras to record her. However, she did keep the water Herring gave her as evidence.
Osso stated that Cyrux contained Misoprostol and was found in her garbage cans on April 24.
A camera placed in Herring’s home captured him pouring the powdery substance into a glass. The glass was then given to Herring’s wife to be drank.
According to KTRK, she contacted police shortly after the incident.
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Osso stated, “It is manipulative.” “It’s pre-meditated. We are claiming that Mr. Herring committed a very heinous act, as we believe the evidence supports. It’s a crime to do this to someone you trust.
Osso claimed that the woman didn’t lose the baby, despite Herring’s claims of trying to terminate the pregnancy. The baby was born slightly prematurely, however.
According to KTRK, he is next expected in court Dec. 12.
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He is the first person to be accused of assault-force inducement to have an abortion in Harris County, Texas. The Texas Heartbeat Act was passed in 2021. It bans abortions within six weeks of a woman’s pregnancy.