Arlington

Murder charge expected in shooting outside AT&T stadium

A Dallas man now faces a murder charge after a victim died Wednesday night from a gunshot wound he suffered Sunday after the Dallas Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Arlington police said Thursday.

Marvin Rodriguez, 28, was arrested at the scene Sunday. He had been in the Arlington jail with bail set at $200,000. He was facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.

Those charges will now be upgraded to murder, Arlington police Lt. Christopher Cook said Thursday.

The victim, Richard Sells, 43, of Royce City, was pronounced dead at 8:44 p.m. Wednesday at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office reported.

He was taken off life support earlier in the day, his family said in a statement on Facebook.

Sells was shot during a fight in Lot 10 of the stadium parking lot about 8:20 p.m., nearly two hours after the Dallas Cowboys lost to the New England Patriots.

Before Sells was shot, police said, Rodriguez had held a gun to the head of Lester Peters of Lufkin. Rodriguez let Peters go but got involved in a second fight a minute later and shot Sells.

Weapons are prohibited by state law at stadiums during sporting events.

Sells was recently engaged and expecting a child, according to a GoFundMe donations page created Tuesday night.

“For whatever time God has for left on this earth, I will miss seeing his beautiful little face, hearing [his] precious words, missing his arms hugging me, saying, ‘I love you sister,’ ” Sells’ sister Victoria Gunning wrote on Facebook. “So one last time, to everyone out there, I am so grateful for your love and respect and prayers for him.”

Staff writer Domingo Ramirez Jr. contributed to this report.

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