Incident at 1200 Maxine

August 4, 2007 - Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in the fatal shooting of a man at 1200 Maxine about 1:40 a.m. on Thursday (August 2).

Patrick Dewayne Esters (b/m, DOB 8-16-84), and Marchristian Jenon Thomas (b/m, DOB: 8-27-86), are charged with capital murder in the 339 State District Court. They are accused in the killing of John S. West, 44, of 8522 Valley Forest, who suffered a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant W.J. Anthony and Officer D. Arnold reported:

Officers responded to a call of a person down and observed Mr. West lying beside his Yellow Cab vehicle with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. The vehicle appeared to have been ransacked.

A follow-up investigation led investigators to identify Esters and Thomas as suspects in this case. Each was arrested at his respective residence without incident.

VHS/GO 8-4-07
Inc.# 113716907

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