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Man accused in 2014 road rage killing used officer’s stolen gun, warrant says

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A tip to Arlington detectives this month has led to a suspect accused of using a gun stolen from a retired Arlington police officer to commit a 2014 road rage killing, authorities said Friday.

The tip came from an unidentified source who alerted detectives that the suspect, who is serving a sentence in a Texas prison on an unrelated case, had confessed to an inmate about killing 19-year-old Michael Jackson Jr. of Arlington in December 2014, according to a warrant.

Detectives identified the suspect as Daequayvios Marquis Hill, 24, of Dallas.

Hill had been a suspect days after the killing, but he refused to cooperate with authorities and Arlington detectives did not have enough evidence to file a case, according to the arrest warrant released Friday by Arlington police.

Hill, who is housed in the Briscoe Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, was charged with murder on Friday in the shooting death of Jackson.

The shooting happened Dec. 10, 2014, on Tabasco Trail in Arlington. Jackson, who was a passenger in a car, was shot and killed as he and his friends drove to get food, Arlington police said.

Jackson and his friends drove up behind a vehicle that was not moving fast, Arlington police said. The vehicle continued to block them as Jackson and his friends tried to pass it.

At some point, Jackson and his friends yelled at the driver. Hill was a passenger in that vehicle. Hill also yelled at the group, according to a warrant.

Hill is accused of shooting at the vehicle and hitting Jackson and another person.

The warrant gave this brief account of the shooting:

On Dec. 9, 2014, Hill uploaded a photograph of a Glock 17 9mm handgun and posted it on social media with the caption: “New Edition to tha family...Nupid gone keep a tool betta ask somebody.”

The handgun had specific initials and a police identification number. Arlington detectives believe the gun was stolen from the home of a retired Arlington police officer.

On Dec. 10, 2014, Jackson and his friends drove to get some food. The group drove up to a gold Ford Taurus, which wasn’t moving very fast, on Mule Deer Drive in Arlington. Hill was a passenger in the Ford Taurus.

The driver of the vehicle in which Jackson was a passenger couldn’t get around and began to honk at the Taurus. The Taurus driver also began to honk and he didn’t allow any vehicles to pass him. The two groups also yelled at each other.

At some point, as the vehicle Jackson was in finally passed the Taurus, Hill is accused of shooting at the vehicle several times.

Jackson was taken to an Arlington hospital, where he later died. An 18-year-old who also was shot was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Hill and three other people including Hill’s girlfriend were arrested on Dec. 28, 2014, on a burglary charge. Through the investigation, Hill became a suspect in the road rage killing.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for Hill’s girlfriend’s cell phone, on which they found text messages between Hill and his girlfriend where they talked about his photo of the handgun and the Ford Taurus.

Arlington detectives interviewed Hill’s girlfriend in February 2015, but she said she didn’t know anything about the road rage shooting.

Arlington police also received results of ballistics in March 2015 related to the shell casings found on Tabasco Trail after the shooting. The casings showed evidence of having been fired from a Glock, the same brand stolen from the retired officer.

Arlington detectives interviewed Hill in July 2015 and August 2015. He stated that he sold the handgun for $200. Hill told detectives the text messages looked suspicious, but he denied having anything to do with the road rage shooting. Hill terminated the interview with detectives.

In December 2015, Hill was sentenced to 10 years in prison for engaging in organized criminal activity, burglary of a habitation, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest/detention with a vehicle, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice records. All the convictions were in Tarrant County.

He arrived in prison on Jan. 7, 2016, and he is not eligible for parole until October 2025.

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