Two youths held in Garland shootings

GARLAND -- A 13-year-old boy and his 12-year-old girlfriend were arrested Tuesday after a wounded man, who had gone to a neighbor's house asking for help, told officers that the boy and girl had shot him and his wife, police reported Wednesday.

Officers found the body of Darlene Nevil, 46, about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in her house in the 600 block of Rilla Drive, said officer Joe Harn, a Garland police spokesman.

Her husband, Alan Nevil, 48, was in critical condition Wednesday at Baylor University Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The couple were shot inside their home, Harn said. Harn declined to identify the children or discuss their relationship to the Nevils. Police found a handgun and were trying to determine who owned it, Harn said.

"Officers located the possible suspects, a 13-year-old male and a 12-year-old female, several blocks away, where they were taken into custody without incident," Harn said in a news release.

The boy and girl were in the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center on Wednesday night, Harn said.

Jasmine Sepulveda, 14, who lives across the street from the Nevils, said she and the girl had been friends until a few months ago, when the girl began seeing the 13-year-old.

"She was a really cool person, but when she hung out with him, her boyfriend, that's when she got weird," Jasmine said.

Darlene Nevil was killed by shots to her head and torso, according to the Dallas County medical examiner's office.

A neighbor of the Nevils, Juan Garcia Jr., said police and Alan Nevil's adult son told him that the man had been shot five times and that a bullet remained lodged in his throat.

The son, Alan Nevil Jr., and other relatives who arrived Wednesday at the modest brick home declined to speak to reporters. The son hugged Garcia as he walked across the lawn.

A woman who identified herself as Nevil's daughter-in-law went to the house on the other side to greet a woman carrying trash bags to the front.

"Did you help my dad?" she asked. "Thank you so much."

Staff writer Bill Miller

contributed to this report, which includes material from The Associated Press.