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Suspect arrested in Arlington slaying

Arlington police have arrested a 33-year-old Arlington man accused in the Nov. 27 fatal shooting of 20-year-old Jose Garcia near Raines Street and Highland Drive.
Arlington police have arrested a 33-year-old Arlington man accused in the Nov. 27 fatal shooting of 20-year-old Jose Garcia near Raines Street and Highland Drive.

A 33-year-old Arlington man was in custody Thursday, accused of killing one man last week and wounding the victim’s brother as they all smoked marijuana in a car, police said.

Police identified the suspect as Demetrius Rodriguez Davis, who was arrested Wednesday night without incident.

Davis is accused of fatally shooting Jose Garcia, 20, on Nov. 27 near Raines Street and Highland Drive, and wounding his brother, Adolfo Garcia, 17.

Detectives tracked down Davis using Jose Garcia’s cellphone, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram Thursday. The affidavit says Jose Garcia had called the suspect before he was killed.

The affidavit provided this account of the fatal shooting:

Adolfo Garcia told police that on Friday evening he and his brother were at an apartment complex in Arlington when they were approached by Davis.

Davis wanted to buy or smoke marijuana, but didn’t want to do it at the complex.

Jose Garcia and Davis exchanged phone numbers, and later called each other to meet near a park at Raines Street and Highland Drive.

The Garcia brothers drove to the park and met Davis, who got into their car and began smoking marijuana with them. At some point, Davis pulled out a gun and demanded money and the keys to the car.

When Jose Garcia refused to give him the keys, Davis stepped out of the vehicle and opened the driver’s side door, and the two began fighting over the gun.

Adolfo Garcia told police he was shot as he tried to get out of the car. As he ran, he heard a second shot and saw his brother was lying on the ground.

Davis drove away.

Jose Garcia got up, ran to a nearby home on Raines Street, knocked loudly on the door and told the homeowner he and his brother had been shot. The homeowner told police that Jose Garcia was bleeding from the head. Someone else in the home called 911.

Police arrived and found the wounded brothers. Jose Garcia later died. His brother was taken to a local hospital with a gunshot wound in the upper thigh.

Police later found a spent shell casing on the front seat of a 2009 Pontiac.

Davis was in the Arlington Jail Thursday in lieu of $1 million bail.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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