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Fort Worth police arrest murder suspect who has prior conviction for killing his brother

In 2008, Morris Breakfield pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in connection with the shooting death of his brother, Quinton Breakfield, and was given probation. Now Breakfield has been arrested in connection with another fatal shooting.
In 2008, Morris Breakfield pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in connection with the shooting death of his brother, Quinton Breakfield, and was given probation. Now Breakfield has been arrested in connection with another fatal shooting. Courtesy of the Tarrant County Jail

Police arrested a man Wednesday in connection with the death of a 25-year-old who died in a March shooting in east Fort Worth.

Morris Lewis Breakfield, 31, was in the Tarrant County Jail on Saturday facing a murder charge, the jail log showed. Bond was set at $500,000, jail records showed.

Morris Breakfield was arrested in connection with the slaying of Devante Charles Martez Moore, according to a police report. Police responded to a shooting call shortly before 5 p.m. on March 4 in the 8600 block of Meadowbrook Drive, the report said.

Two men were walking through a parking lot when one of the men pulled out a gun and shot the other, police said at the time. The shooting suspect jumped in a U-Haul truck and fled, according to police.

Moore was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital where he was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the chest shortly after his arrival, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office.

Morris Breakfield was arrested earlier this week after he was located inside a vehicle at an Arlington apartment complex, police said.

Court records show that Morris Breakfield was arrested in September 2008 in connection with the slaying of his brother. A witness told police that Morris Breakfield, then 21, went to his brother's east-central Arlington apartment and shot him several times over an alleged $75 debt.

Quinton Breakfield, 26, died inside the apartment, located in the 300 block of Knoll Lane.

Morris Breakfield reached a plea bargain agreement with prosecutors in December 2008 that lowered the murder charge to manslaughter, according to court records. Breakfield was sentenced to serve five years deferred adjudication probation, court records show.

If served successfully, a sentence of deferred adjudication typically allows a defendant to not have a conviction entered onto their record. Conditions of his probation required Morris Breakfield to submit to a psychiatric evaluation and he was designated a high risk offender in 2009, court records showed.

That probation was revoked in November 2010 after a petition alleging multiple violations was presented to the court. It is unclear from the record what happened to Morris Breakfield after the revocation hearing.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3



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