Arlington police say suspect in local musician’s murder is jealous, abusive husband

Third homicide in 24 hours investigated in Arlington

Police are investigating the shooting death of a man in the 600 block of Rosarita Road in south Arlington.
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Police are investigating the shooting death of a man in the 600 block of Rosarita Road in south Arlington.

Witnesses were afraid when they heard the gunfire on the afternoon of April 15, according to an Arlington murder warrant.

According to investigators, a jealous husband shot the man he believed had come between him and his wife.

Police officers responded to the shooting call and arrived outside a house in the 600 block of Rosarita Road about 3:45 p.m., the probable cause arrest warrant affidavit stated.

A witness called police moments earlier after he saw the victim lying in his driveway suffering from several gunshot wounds. Another witness had called who also said that he had heard gunfire and saw a white GMC sport utility vehicle drive swiftly away.

Police later identified the shooting victim as Juriah Fields. His killing was the most recent in a string of three homicides that happened in Arlington during a deadly two days.

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Juriah Fields, 29, was found fatally shot in the front yard of his home on Monday, April 15. Facebook Courtesy photo

Fields, 29, was taken to Medical City Arlington, where he was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting.

A suspect in Fields’ murder, Mark Anthony Washington, 52, was arrested in Little Rock, Arkansas, on an unrelated aggravated robbery charge, the affidavit said. Washington was in the Tulsa County Jail in Oklahoma on Friday and bond had been withheld, according to jail records.

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Mark Washington is a suspect in the murder of Juriah Fields, according to Arlington police. Tulsa County Jail, Arkansas

The first witness who called 911 said he heard gunfire, looked outside and saw Fields lying in his driveway and then heard more gunshots, a child screaming and squealing tires. That witness retreated into his home, according to the affidavit.

Fields’ relatives told officers that he had been having some relationship troubles. Police found documents during a records search indicating that Fields had been assaulted by a married woman and that her husband, Washington, blamed Fields for ruining his marriage.

During a search of the residence on Rosarita Road, police found five 9 mm Lugar shells and test results matched those to shells recovered at Washington’s house in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the affidavit said.

When police interviewed the woman charged with assaulting Fields, she said she left Washington because he was abusive, and had previously pushed a gun against her head so hard that it caused bleeding, the affidavit said.

Washington threatened to take both her and Fields to a secluded place and force her to shoot and kill Fields, the affidavit said.

Police confirmed that a 2017 white GMC Terrain SUV was registered to Washington.

Phone records police obtained showed Washington’s telephone was in the DFW area between 10:43 p.m. on April 14 until 5:53 p.m. on April 15, when the records showed it was in the Durant, Oklahoma, area.

Gate code records indicated Washington’s code at his apartment complex was not used until 8:30 p.m. on April 15 and surveillance footage shows Washington leaving the complex about 4:30 p.m. on April 14, according to the affidavit.

Washington’s lease showed that he was the only occupant at his apartment, the affidavit stated.

During a search of Washington’s vehicle and apartment, police recovered a 9 mm Taurus handgun and the Oklahoma equivalent of a Texas toll tag. Toll records indicated that Washington was on Texas 360 near New York Avenue in Arlington, about four miles away from Fields’ house, about 3:15 p.m. on April 15.

Bond for the murder charge was recommended at $100,000, the affidavit stated.

Fields, a musician, went by the name “Juriah Jones” professionally.

For his family and friends, the well-known local musician was more than just a number.

“My cousin was a recording artist who loved the art of music and a man of strong faith,” Shelby McQueen-Wyman said in an email to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after Fields’ death. “We will carry on his vision.”

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