Argument about snitching led to deadly shooting; suspects arrested in San Antonio (Video)
April 27, 2012 at 11:04 a.m.
Updated April 26, 2012 at 11:27 p.m.
An argument over whether Jerry Paul James III had snitched on two men led to his shooting death, according to a police affidavit released Friday.
Donnell Deshaun Dilworth, 22, and Dedrick Roy Bonner, 18, went to James' home at Regency Studio Apartments, in the 100 block of Regency Avenue, to confront him, according to the affidavit.
The confrontation Tuesday ended with the shooting death of James and the wounding of Allaceia Stephney, 24, who lived with James.
Dilworth and Bonner were arrested Thursday at a San Antonio apartment complex at 7:15 p.m., Victoria Police Chief JJ Craig said Friday.
When the men arrived at the Victoria apartment, James hurried inside, but the suspects followed him.
As they argued, James had a box cutter in his hand, but left it inside when they went outside to fight, according to the affidavit written by Officer Jeffrey Lehnert and signed by District Judge Joseph P. Kelly.
Stephney saw the fight from under a nearby tree.
She told police she saw Bonner pull a silver handgun and shoot James in the head and her in the leg, according to the affidavit.
Police found 11 spent shell casings of the same caliber while investigating the crime scene.
By the time police arrived at the apartments, James was dead and emergency service personnel were removing table knives from each of his hands, according to the affidavit.
Stephney told police before she was taken to the hospital that the man who shot her and James was named "Dedrick," according to the document. She also said a man named "Donnell," also known as "3D" was there.
The police recognized the street name "3D" as being Donnell Deshaun Dilworth.
She identified the men in separate photo lineups, according to the affidavit, which also stated that Dilworth instigated the fight and that Bonner shot Stephney and James.
A Crimestoppers tip led police to the San Antonio apartment.
Thursday evening, a Crimestoppers tip led investigators to an apartment complex in central Victoria where a gun, thought to be the one used in the shooting, was discovered, Craig said.
Additional information about the location or size of the gun were not released because the investigation is ongoing, Craig said.
"This is a good day for the city of Victoria and for the Victoria Police Department," Craig said during the news conference.
Assisting in the arrest were the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and a Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force consisting of U.S. marshals and Victoria County Sheriff's Office deputies.
"This reiterates how important Crimestoppers has been in our community," Craig said.
Both Victoria men are being held in the Bexar County Jail each in lieu of a $500,000 bond.
The police department is arranging with the Victoria County Sheriff's Office to return the men to Victoria County in the next few days, Craig said.
The chief said additional warrants could be issued for those people who helped Dilworth and Bonner.
Additional information about Stephney's condition was not available Friday. Craig said they had no new information about her.
A spokesman for Citizens Medical Center, where she was taken for treatment, said they had no record of treating her.
Police also had no new information about the couple's 1-year-old son who was at the home when the shooting occurred.
A neighbor said Wednesday that James' family was taking care of him.
The investigation has been a joint effort from the beginning involving the Victoria County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's Office, Craig said.
"I'm proud of the officers of the Victoria Police Department who were relentless in their follow up in the investigation of this case," Craig said. "The City of Victoria is much safer with these two dangerous individuals off the street."