ABC 13 reports that a 17-year-old male has been charged with murder after killing his 16-year-old friend.
The incident happened in Harris County, Texas, just before noon on Saturday.
A call from an unidentified woman
This information comes from Precinct 3 Harris County sheriff’s office.
Around 11:30, the office responded to a robbery and shooting. The office had received a call from an unidentified woman who turned out to be a very close witness to what had occurred.
According to this woman, she and her 17-year-old son, who has been identified as Tyler Marshall, decided to give a ride to her son’s friend — 16-year-old Daveon Jones, and it was this ride that would end in Jones’s death.
A robbery and a shooting
The woman told authorities that, as they entered the Stonefield Terrace subdivision, Jones tried to rob them. Jones, according to the woman, grabbed a yellow bag from the car’s front seat and attempted to run away. The woman did not say what was in the bag.
But, the woman revealed that it was at that point that Marshall grabbed a nearby pistol and began shooting at Jones. And, that’s how Jones died.
Jones’s body was later found in the backyard of a home located on Melody Park Lane.
There’s more to the story
After speaking with the woman, police began investigating the matter, and it turns out that the woman left out some key details about what had happened, although it may have been because she wasn’t aware of them.
For one thing, authorities discovered from text messages that Jones actually met up with Marshall in order to buy a small quantity of marijuana from him. It was arranged so that Marshall would pick up Jones in the morning.
Authorities also discovered that Jones, himself, was not armed and never threatened either Marshall or his mother during the entire incident.
Clearly, authorities do not believe that Marshall was justified in killing Jones seeing that they are now prosecuting Marshall for murder. The question, though, still remains about the role of Marshall’s mother in all of this. It is still unclear how much she knew about the situation.