Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide investigators have charged three men with capital murder in the shooting death of a local North Shore man during a robbery.

Investigators say that on April 05, 2017, Amir Yarbrough, Quincy Thomas and Tyre Hartley met with the victim 29 year old Marquiet Davis in the parking lot of a Carl’s Jr. restaurant located at 15236 Wallisville rd. in east Harris County.

Davis was alone in a vehicle when Yarbrough and Thomas entered the vehicle. Yarbrough then shot the victim and Thomas grabbed a bag on the front seat of the vehicle.
They then both ran to a white Nissan Sentra driven by Hartley and fled the area.

EMS was called but the complainant was pronounced deceased.

Investigators were able to obtain evidence and eyewitness statements that placed all three defendants at the murder scene.


All three men are currently in The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility with a No Bond and a court date of April 20, 2017, in the 185th District Court.


Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder and was acquitted in a 2012 double slaying last week, has committed suicide in prison.

Hernandez was discovered hanged in his cell by corrections officers at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley at 3:05 a.m.

Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population housing unit, officials said.

He hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window. He also tried to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.

Lifesaving techniques were attempted on Hernandez, and he was taken to UMASS Leominster, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m., according to Christopher M. Fallon, of the Massachusetts Department of Correction.

The Massachusetts State Police is investigating.

The 27-year-old Hernandez was serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd.

A jury found Hernandez not guilty of first-degree murder in the killings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado last week.

Hernandez, 27, grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, and played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2012. About six weeks after Furtado and de Abreu were killed, Hernandez signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Patriots and went on to play another season before Lloyd was killed.

He was cut from the team shortly after he was arrested in Lloyd’s killing in June 2013. He was not charged in the 2012 killings until 2014.

President George H. W. Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Friday for observation due to a persistent cough that prevented him from getting proper rest. It was subsequently determined he had a mild case of pneumonia, which was treated and has been resolved.  President Bush is in very good spirits and is being held for further observation while he regains his strength.


Harris County Sheriff’s Office homicide investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating an individual connected to two shooting deaths that occurred on Monday and another shooting that happened Tuesday morning.

Russell Cormier, 53, is considered to be an ongoing threat to the public.

Cormier is charged with the murder of his estranged wife, 61-year-old Fannie McWhite, at approximately 6 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17 in the 12300 block of Greencanyon Drive.

Cormier fled McWhite’s residence in a black Toyota Tundra pickup and drove to a residence in the 600 block of Shotwell in northeast Houston.

There he collected some belongings and set the trailer in which he was living in on fire.

Cormier then drove to a business located in the 12200 block of Kindred Street, where he waited for a 60-year-old male and shot him as he drove up to report for work.

Cormier then fled t he scene.

On Tuesday morning, at around 4:30 a.m., Cormier returned to a neighbor’s home on Shotwell Street and confronted a male who lived in the home.

Cormier is suspected of shooting the male one time and fleeing the scene. The male victim is in stable condition.

The Houston Police Department are investigating the shooting on Shotwell street.

Russell Cormier is described as an African American male, 6 feet in height and weighing 160 pounds.

He was last seen driving a late 2000 model Dodge Stratus, black in color and missing the front driver-side hub cap.

Russell Cormier is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Russell Cormier is urged to call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide unit at 713-247-9100

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.

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Charges have been filed against a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man at 4409 Dowling about 1:45 a.m. on Dec. 19, 2016.

The suspect, Mark Joshua Hall (b/m, 28), is charged with murder in the 339th State District Court for his role in the killing of Untorio Japelle Jones, 39, of Houston.

A photo of Hall is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant H. Garcia and Officer K. McDonald reported:

Mr. Jones was inside the D-Bar nightclub at the above address when he and another male (Hall) began arguing. During the argument, Hall produced a pistol from his waistband and fired multiple times at Jones, who died at the scene.  Hall then fled immediately after the shooting.

Hall has relatives in Louisiana and is believed to be in that state.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mark Joshua Hall is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Charlie Murphy, a beloved stand-up comedian and the older brother of Eddie Murphy, has died after a battle with leukemia.

                                      He was 57.

The funnyman passed away Wednesday morning at a New York City hospital, TMZ reported, citing his manager. He had been undergoing chemotherapy.

Murphy earned a tremendous fan base as a writer for “Chappelle’s Show,” on which he frequently appeared in sketches alongside star Dave Chappelle. 

He had a recurring segment on the Comedy Central series called “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories,” which featured him comically recalling his unfortunate interactions with major 1980s stars such as Prince and Rick James when he was a member of his brother’s crew.


The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Billy Wayne Gilliland, 58, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward up to $7,500 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Gilliland, a confirmed member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang, is wanted for parole violation and evading arrest/detention with a vehicle. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.


Gilliland received a life sentence for murder in Liberty County in the 1980s, and was released on parole in March 2014. In October 2016, Gilliland absconded from the halfway house where he was placed in Del Valle, Texas. Gilliland has ties to Liberty County, and also to the cities of Baytown, Conroe and Midway. His criminal history also includes convictions for escape, burglary and drug charges. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at:


Gilliland is 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. Gilliland has numerous tattoos on his back, chest, arms and left shoulder. He also may wear glasses.


Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information that leads to the arrest of one of the Texas 10 Most Wanted fugitives or sex offenders. So far in 2017, Texas Crime Stoppers has paid $15,000 in total rewards for anonymous tips that resulted in arrests.


To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities using one of the five following methods:



All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted, and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.


DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists – with photos – on the DPS website at


Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.


The Sandra Bland Act
The first public hearing on the Sandra Bland Act that Garnet Coleman filed is scheduled for tomorrow,Tuesday, April 11th at 8am in the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. The hearing will take place in the Capitol Extension in E2. 014.

WHAT: Public Hearing on The Sandra Bland Act

WHERE: Capitol Extension, room E2.014

WHEN: Tuesday, April 11 at 8am




Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo welcomed dozens of police recruits to their first day of training in the department’s 232nd Police Academy Cadet Class.

The cadets will undergo 26 weeks of rigorous training prior to graduation.

With officers retiring and many vacancies HPD is welcoming the new class and looking for more recruits…

If you are interested in becoming an HPD officer you’re urged to visit or call the department’s Recruiting Division at 713-308-1300.


Tuesday, 78 year old Charles Ray Martin was sentenced to life in prison for Indecency With a Child by Sexual Contact.

Martin was indicted in August 2015 for the May 2015 offense.

On May 31, 2015 a local League City church reported to police that a 15-year-old church attendee had been fondled by Martin during a Sunday morning service. The victim was in the church’s kitchen when Martin came up behind the victim, put his arm around her and squeezed the victim’s breast. The victim initially thought it could have been an accident but then Martin did it a second time.

Why life in prison…That’s because Martin was convicted of sexual assault of a child back in 1998…which gave him automatic life after the first felony.

Meanwhile, the victim told him to stop and pushed him away. Martin told the victim to not tell anyone because they both could get into trouble. Initially the family reported the incident only to the church, who had known since Martin became a member that he was a registered sex offender. The victim testified that she had known Martin for several years because they attended church together.

After closing arguments, the court found Martin guilty and a short punishment phase immediately followed. Martin faced a punishment of automatic life because of a felony enhancement for a 1998 Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child conviction. Martin pled not true to the enhancement requiring the State to present evidence of the conviction. Galveston County Sheriff’s Office Deputy W. Kilburn testified after conducting a fingerprint analysis that the prior judgment presented by the State was for Martin. Judge Neves took both the evidence and arguments under advisement and shortly before 5pm found the enhancement true, which meant Martin would be serve an automatic life sentence. Martin will not be eligible for parole until at least 30 years of his sentence has been served.

Martin was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Kacey Launius and Rebecca Russell in the 10th District Court, with Judge Kerry Neves presiding. The investigation was conducted by the League City Police Department.


HISD Homeless Education Office to donate 1,000-plus prom dresses, formal attire to students in need


What:                  The Houston Independent School District Homeless Education Office will provide free dresses, tuxedos, shoes, and accessories to hundreds of homeless and at-risk high school seniors planning to go to prom.


                              The second annual Project Prom event will be held on Saturday, April 8. Students will be able to select formal attire from a wide selection that includes more than 1,000 dresses, 1,500 men’s blazers, and 1,500 men’s pants. Hundreds of students will receive the items they need to attend their senior prom, thanks to the support of the Bee Busy Wellness Center, City of Houston Health Department, United Way, Career Gear, Carla’s Closet, and This Woman’s Work.


The event also will include motivational speakers and special performances by the Whidby Elementary School Dolls Twirling Team and local comedian Chinedu Oju. College and career resources as well as health services, including meningitis shots which are required for all incoming Texas college students, will also be provided.


The HISD Homeless Education Office is a grant-funded program that currently serves approximately 6,000 homeless students throughout the district.



Who:                    HISD high school seniors


When:                 Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Where:               Third Ward Multi-Service Center, 3611 Ennis St., Houston 77004