FORT WORTH — A Fort Worth man has been sentenced to life in prison without the opportunity for parole for the murder of a university graduate who was planning to attend law school.A jury convicted James Arthur Jones, 23, of capital murder on Thursday. Jones is one of four suspects arrested in the fatal shooting of Kevan Dunlop, 25. Dunlop was playing the Madden Football video game with friends when shots rang out in the apartment he was visiting on Jan. 6, 2011. Dunlop was shot once while he was running to a bedroom closet for cover, said Robert Huseman, Tarrant County prosecutor. Dunlop sustained two more gunshot wounds to the back as he hid in the closet trying to escape the gunfire, according to police.“Kevan went to Tuskegee University and majored in history,” his mother, Patricia Dunlop, testified on Tuesday. “He graduated on May 9, 2010, on Mother’s Day. I think it was his proudest day.” Her son came back to Fort Worth after graduation and worked with the Boys and Girls Club, Patricia Dunlop testified. Kevan was planning to attend Thurgood Marshall Law School on the Texas Southern University campus in Houston when the new semester began, Patricia Dunlop told the jury.Kevan’s aunt and cousin each received law degrees from Texas Southern University, she said.“He was looking forward to being part of Dunlop, Dunlop and Dunlop,” Patricia Dunlop said.Jones and three of his friends believed the man who lived at the apartment that Dunlop was visiting was selling marijuana and they intended to steal his drugs and money, Huseman told the jury. The men burst into the apartment without knowing Dunlop and his friends were visiting, Huseman said.Jones and his friends all grew up in the same area and knew Dunlop and his friends could identify them, Huseman said. The gunfire started immediately after the break-in, said Huseman, who prosecuted the case with Kevin Rosseau in state District Judge Robb Catalano’s court.Two of Dunlop’s friends — Darius Hill and Michael Anthony McIntosh Dorsey — were critically wounded. Dunlop’s third friend, Willie Woodard, jumped out a second-story window to escape the gunfire and broke his leg. Two of the suspects arrested in the case have been sentenced. Marquise Brooks, 23, is serving a life prison sentence without the possibility of parole after a conviction earlier this year on a capital murder charge. A second suspect, Floyd Dewayne Myles, 21, pleaded guilty to a murder charge and is serving a 35-year prison sentence in exchange for his testimony against the other co-defendants. A fourth suspect, Nathaniel Redic, 24, is awaiting trial, according to records from the Tarrant County district clerk’s office.
Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3