Warrant: Fort Worth murder suspect asked police to kill him

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After gunning down his pregnant girlfriend, her mother and her 10-year-old brother, Amos Joseph Wells III ran away and called his sister, asking her to take care of his daughter because “I am gonna go to the pen,” according to court documents released Tuesday.

Wells, 22, also reportedly tried to speak with his young daughter, telling the girl’s mother over the phone that “I don’t know why I killed them. I don’t know why I did it,” according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

He later walked into the Forest Hill Police Department, confessing he had done “something bad” and asking officers to shoot and kill him, the warrant states.

Wells remained held in the Tarrant County Jail Tuesday with bail set at $2 million. He has been charged with capital murder in the July 1 deaths of his 22-year-old girlfriend, Chanice Reed, and her mother, Annette Reed, 39.

Tarrant County district attorney officials said additional charges or counts in the deaths of Chanice Reed’s unborn baby and her little brother, Eddie McCuin, may be added after the case is presented to a grand jury.

Neighbors told homicide investigators of hearing a loud argument before the shootings in the 2900 block of Pate Drive.

During that argument, Annette Reed called Joylene Parsons, asking her to come over because Wells was there “acting a fool.”

“Parsons could hear a loud male voice in the background of the phone call,” the affidavit states. “Parsons heard a commotion and could hear Annette telling someone that they could not come in her house.”

One neighbor told police he had seen a man arguing with a woman outside the home.

“The female was telling the male to leave and he refused,” states the warrant, written by homicide Detective Matt Barron.

Another man, working on a neighboring home, said he saw a man walk to a newer model Chevrolet Tahoe, retrieve a handgun and return inside the house. Multiple gunshots followed and the man came back outside, driving away in the Tahoe.

Officers responding to a report of the shooting shortly after 6 p.m. found all three victims inside the house, bleeding heavily from multiple gunshot wounds. All were taken to area hospitals and were pronounced dead that night.

Before turning himself in, Wells called Valrecia Brooks and asked to speak to his daughter, according to the affidavit.

He also called his sister, Montoya Walton, telling her that he loved her and asking that she take care of his daughter.

“Walton asked Wells what was going on. Wells responded, ‘I am gonna go to the pen,’ ” the affidavit says.

When asked why, Wells responded, “Because I did something bad to Chanice, her mother and her brother,” the affidavit states.

Officers later went to Wells’ residence in the 1500 block of Engblad Drive and found a Tahoe matching the description of the truck seen fleeing Reed’s residence, the affidavit states.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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