Update on Incident at 9707 South Gessner #513
October 4, 2005 -- Houston police
homicide investigators have arrested a suspect in the apparent
accidental fatal shooting of a woman at 9707 South Gessner #513
about 8:25 p.m. last Thursday (Sept. 29).
Shelton Dwayne Strawder (b/m, DOB 12-3-84) is
in custody and charged with manslaughter in the 178th State District
Court. The victim, Ashley Nicholson, 19, of 6400 West Bellfort
suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body and was pronounced
dead at the scene.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. Newcomb and
Officer T. Huynh reported:
Ms. Nicholson was shot while inside an apartment.
Witnesses said there were two males in the apartment when the
shooting occurred. However, the males fled on foot before officers
and paramedics arrived. Witnesses told investigators one of the
males was Shelton Strawder and the other's identity was not known.
Strawder was arrested about 5:45 a.m. on Sunday
after he turned himself in. Investigators say he confessed to
his role in the incident and said the shooting was accidental.
Update JFC/NJM 10-4-05
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