DNA matches lead to gang members’ arrests in deadly 2016 Arlington home invasion

Courtesy Tarrant County Sheriff's Office

A red bandana, black T-shirt and gun found by police near the scene of a deadly 2016 Arlington home invasion has led to the arrest this week of two gang members.

Denzel Deshun Logan, 21, was arrested Tuesday on a murder warrant, jail records show.

Arlington police officials say a second suspect, who is not being identified because he was 15 at the time of the fatal shooting, has also been arrested this week in connection with the murder. That suspect, now 17, is serving time in a Texas juvenile correction facility on an unrelated case, the official said.

The two are accused of shooting Leroy Miller, 32, during a home invasion on July 26, 2016, at the El Ranchito Apartments in the 500 block of North Oak Street.

Miller was taken to Arlington Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the chest.

A second man was hospitalized with injuries suffered after jumping out of a second-story window to avoid the shooting.

According to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram, the injured man told investigators that he was in the bathroom when he heard a knock on the front door and Miller go to the door and ask who it was. Miller had been staying with the man.

The affidavit states Miller opened the door halfway, then quickly tried to close it again, calling for help.

The second man said he looked toward the front door and saw what looked like two men outside. He said he then heard four to five gunshots coming from the front door.

“Victim #2 felt extremely scared due to the situation and elected to jump out a rear bedroom window which caused him to hurt both of his lower legs,” Detective Caleb Blank wrote in the affidavit.

The man told police he spotted the two suspects and a third man running from the apartment complex.

The man told police that Miller was known to sell small amounts of marijuana.

Behind an apartment building, Arlington police found a .40-caliber handgun, a red bandana, and black T-shirt believed to have been dumped by the suspects after the shooting. Inside the apartment, investigators observed multiple spent. 40-caliber shell casings.

Homicide Detective Ben Lopez sent the seized evidence for ballistic and DNA testing. Testing determined the shell casings had been fired by the .40-caliber gun found by police, the affidavit states.

DNA profiles obtained from the shirt, bandana and gun were entered into the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, which compares them to people arrested for, charged with or convicted of certain crimes.

In December 2017, Lopez learned that the CODIS database had linked the juvenile suspect to DNA recovered from the black T-shirt., according to the affidavit.

In late August, Blank received word that CODIS had matched DNA found on the red bandana and gun to Logan.

Both Logan and the juvenile are known members of the gang Not Tolerating Disrespect, the affidavit states.

Logan was being held Wednesday in the Tarrant County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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