DNA LEADS TO TWO AR­RESTS

Star-Telegram - - Front Page - BY DEANNA BOYD [email protected]­gram.com

A ban­dana, a T-shirt and a gun found by po­lice near the scene of a deadly 2016 Ar­ling­ton home in­va­sion have led to the ar­rests of two gang mem­bers.

A red ban­dana, a black T-shirt and a gun found by po­lice near the scene of a deadly 2016 Ar­ling­ton home in­va­sion have led to the ar­rest this week of two gang mem­bers.

Den­zel Deshun Logan, 21, was ar­rested Tues­day on a mur­der war­rant, jail records show.

Ar­ling­ton po­lice of­fi­cials say a sec­ond sus­pect, who is not be­ing iden­ti­fied be­cause he was 15 at the time of the fa­tal shoot­ing, has also been ar­rested this week in con­nec­tion with the mur­der. That sus­pect, now 17, is serv­ing time in a Texas ju­ve­nile cor­rec­tion fa­cil­ity on an un­re­lated case, the of­fi­cial said.

The two are ac­cused of shoot­ing Leroy Miller, 32, dur­ing a home in­va­sion on July 26, 2016, at the El Ran­chito Apart­ments in the 500 block of North Oak Street.

Miller was taken to Ar­ling­ton Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal where he was pro­nounced dead from a gun­shot wound to the chest.

A sec­ond man was hos­pi­tal­ized with in­juries suf­fered af­ter jump­ing out of a sec­ond-story win­dow to avoid the shoot­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to a search war­rant af­fi­davit ob­tained by the Star-Tele­gram, the in­jured man told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he was in the bath­room when he heard a knock on the front door and Miller went to the door and ask who it was. Miller had been stay­ing with the man.

The af­fi­davit states Miller opened the door half­way, then quickly tried to close it again, call­ing for help.

The sec­ond man said he looked to­ward the front door and saw what looked like two men out­side. He said he then heard four to five gun­shots com­ing from the front door.

“Victim #2 felt ex­tremely scared due to the sit­u­a­tion and elected to jump out a rear bed­room win­dow which caused him to hurt both of his lower legs,” De­tec­tive Caleb Blank wrote in the af­fi­davit.

The man told po­lice he spot­ted the two sus­pects and a third man run­ning from the apart­ment com­plex.

The man told po­lice that Miller was known to sell small amounts of mar­i­juana.

Be­hind an apart­ment building, Ar­ling­ton po­lice found a .40-cal­iber hand­gun, a red ban­dana and black T-shirt be­lieved to have been dumped by the sus­pects af­ter the shoot­ing. In­side the apart­ment, in­ves­ti­ga­tors ob­served mul­ti­ple spent .40-cal­iber shell cas­ings.

Homi­cide De­tec­tive Ben Lopez sent the seized ev­i­dence for bal­lis­tic and DNA test­ing. Test­ing de­ter­mined the shell cas­ings had been fired by the .40-cal­iber gun found by po­lice, the af­fi­davit states.

DNA pro­files ob­tained from the shirt, ban­dana and gun were en­tered into the FBI’s Com­bined DNA In­dex Sys­tem, or CODIS, which com­pares them to peo­ple ar­rested for, charged with or con­victed of cer­tain crimes.

In De­cem­ber 2017, Lopez learned that the CODIS data­base had linked the ju­ve­nile sus­pect to DNA re­cov­ered from the black T-shirt, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

In late Au­gust, Blank re­ceived word that CODIS had matched DNA found on the red ban­dana and gun to Logan.

Logan was be­ing held Wed­nes­day in the Tar­rant County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Den­zel D. Logan

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