Suspect, victim in shooting death have police records

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

Aug. 1, 2011 at 3:01 a.m.

Marcellus Brown

Marcellus Brown

A Victoria man arrested in the Saturday morning shooting death of 24-year-old Daniel Davila, has a criminal past.

Marcellus Lewis Brown, 20, who was arrested on a murder warrant at 5:20 p.m. Sunday by Victoria Police, remained in the Victoria County Jail on Monday evening.

He pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, codeine, in April 2009. Brown was arrested in connection with the possession charges in January 2008.

While out on bond on the January possession charge, Brown was arrested on a possession of marijuana charge on July 2, 2008. Brown pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $500.

That same month on July 21, Brown was arrested on a charge of unlawful carrying of a weapon, a .42 caliber European American Armory semi-automatic pistol. Brown pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 90 days and fined $500.

In April 2009, Brown was sentenced to five years in prison for his 2008 possession charge. He was released in March 2010.

Brown's bond for Sunday's arrest is set at $100,000.

Davila, who was shot and killed in the 900 block of Goldman Street near his home on Ash Street about 3 a.m. Saturday, also had a criminal record.

Davila pleaded guilty to October 2008 charges of assault with a deadly weapon. Court documents indicate Davila threatened Guadalupe Garcia with a firearm. Davila was serving six years probation for the assault when he died.

Various charges also appear on Davila's criminal record, including driving without a license in April 2003, misdemeanor possession of marijuana in June 2004, misdemeanor driving while license is invalid in April 2006, no drivers license in June 2006, and driving while license is invalid in February 2007.

Assistant City Manager Bruce Ure said the investigation in the Davila case is ongoing., No additional arrests have been made.



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