Dallas capital murder suspect in custody

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Fingerprints at a slaying and cellphone records have led to the arrest of a 21-year-old suspect in the July 15 killing of a business owner, police said Thursday.

Police continued their search Thursday for a second suspect.

Jacorey D. Watson of Dallas was arrested Wednesday on an unrelated theft warrant. He now faces a charge of capital murder in the killing of James Yixiang Du, 52, on July 15 at his computer repair business in the 13,000 block of North Central Expressway in Dallas.

The slaying occurred about 5:50 p.m. on July 15 when two men walked into the business to discuss selling a cellphone. At some point, one of the suspects pulled out a handgun, demanded money and property and then shot Du multiple times, police said.

Watson was not the shooter, police said.

Crime scene detectives recovered a fingerprint from inside of the business and identified it as Watson’s print, police said. Cellphone records obtained by detectives later determined that Watson had called Du on the day of the killing.

In an interview with police on Wednesday, Watson told investigators that he and the other suspect went to the business to sell a cell phone, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram on Thursday.

As they were discussing the sale, Watson’s accomplice pulled out a large handgun out of his pants, pointed it a Du and demanded money and property, the affidavit stated.

Watson told investigators his accomplice then shot Du several times, according to the affidavit.

After the shooting, Watson and his accomplice fled the business, got into a vehicle and drove away, the affidavit stated.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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