Homicide, Arson Investigators Nab Two Suspects
in Student's Death
February 15, 2007 --Following
a lengthy criminal investigation, Houston Police Department homicide
and Houston Fire Department arson investigators announced today
(Feb. 15) charges against two suspects in the capital murder of
a college student at 12900 Trail Hollow in December 2003.
The two suspects, Jason Ryan Marx (w/m, DOB 4-17-84)
and Jayson Garcia (H/m, DOB 10-16-85), are in custody and charged
with capital murder in the 351st State District Court. They are
accused of intentionally setting the victim on fire, killing John
“Jack” Davies, 22, of 12985 Trail Hollow. At the time
of his murder, Davies was a college student and was one semester
shy of graduating from the University of Southern California.
It was about 4:20 a.m. on December 19, 2003 when
fire department personnel responded to a town home fire that destroyed
eight units and several vehicles. After controlling the blaze,
Jack Davies’ body was found burned inside his vehicle, a
Led by HFD Arson Chief Roy Paul, the fire department
formed a task force that spent three years sifting through information
on other crimes and fires in the area and developing information
on possible suspects. Crime Stoppers and the Davies family offered
up to $30,000 in rewards in the case.
In May 2006, homicide investigators made arrests
in a kidnapping case. Arson investigators alerted homicide personnel
that one of those arrested suspects, Marx, might be involved in
the fatal fire on Trail Hollow. Further investigation revealed
one of the arson suspects was fatally shot during a robbery attempt
in October 2004. As a result of this information, homicide investigators
conducted further interviews and the two investigative teams compared
notes. Together, with a Crime Stoppers tip, investigators were
able to identify and file charges on suspects Marx and Garcia.
Marx has been in the Harris County Jail since
the aggravated kidnapping charge in 2006. Garcia has been in the
Robertson Prison Unit in Abilene, serving time for a robbery charge.
When interviewed by homicide investigators, Garcia confessed to
his role in the fire that killed Jack Davies. Investigators said
the motive in Davies’ murder was due to the suspects thinking
of him as a “preppie” who drove a fancy vehicle. A
third suspect identified in Davies’ death, Matthew Herzog,
18, was shot and killed by a security guard as he (Herzog) attempted
to rob a fast food restaurant in 2004.
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