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Shooting victim dies; Fort Worth man faces murder charge

FORT WORTH -- A Fort Worth man accused of shooting a man in the head during a dispute over a broken car window now faces a murder charge after the victim’s death over the weekend.

Roland Stewart, 43, was pronounced dead at 2:38 p.m. Saturday at John Peter Smith Hospital, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office.

Lorenzo Rojas, who turned 35 on Sunday, remained held in the Mansfield jail Monday with bail set at $500,000.

Witnesses told police that the shooting occurred about 2 a.m. Friday on Stewart’s front porch in the 2300 block of Alston Avenue.

Homicide Detective Michel Carroll said Rojas, whose estranged wife lives next door to Stewart, had apparently gone to the home to confront Stewart and his brother about his belief that the two had busted a window out of his wife’s car about a month ago. The two brothers denied breaking the window, Carroll said.

Carroll said during the argument, Rojas used a knife to cut the screen and tried to stab one of the brothers.

“When they closed the door, he went to the window and was still yelling,” Carroll said. “One of the brothers picked up a small coffee table and threw it at the window in attempt to scare him off.”

Carroll said Rojas then left but returned a short time later with a gun. He pointed the gun through the broken window and fired, striking Stewart in the back and head, Carroll said.

Carroll said no police report was ever filed in reference to the broken car window.

“Someone obviously broke the woman’s window out but that could have been anybody,” Carroll said. “There was no evidence that these guys did it.”

Stewart’s brother said Stewart suffered from bi-polar disorder and lived with another brother so the two men could take care of each other. He said despite his brother’s disorder, Stewart was a kind man who would help others.

He called his brother’s death senseless.

“They tried to explain to the guy they didn’t bust his window out,” said Stewart’s brother, who asked not to be identified for fear of his safety. “They’d seen two kids do it...I feel like it was stupid what the guy did and I hope justice takes its course.”