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He posted ’2019 is my year’ on Facebook last week. Now he’s charged with murder.

Courtesy Fort Worth Police Department

Though he was awaiting trial on three drug-related charges, Pathom Daniels seemed optimistic for the future when he posted on Facebook last week, thanking God for making him better and drug free.

“I am finally leaving the past behind me,” the 37-year-old Fort Worth man posted. “2019 is my year.”

On Thursday, still weeks away from the New Year, Daniels was in jail, facing a murder charge in a fatal shooting outside an east Fort Worth motel Wednesday night.

He is accused of fatally shooting Marcus Hardy, also 37, in the parking lot of the Ace Motel, 3105 S. Riverside Drive, shortly before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night, according to a police report.

Homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman said the shooting was prompted by a verbal altercation between Daniels and Hardy over a domestic disturbance Hardy was having with a woman.

Daniels fled the scene but was arrested shortly thereafter, found hiding in the back of a car at a nearby gas station. He was arrested on unrelated warrants.

The murder case was added against him Thursday morning, according to jail records.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit written by homicide Detective C.L. Brashear, the shooting was caught on the motel’s surveillance cameras.

The affidavit details the incident as follows:

Hardy entered the motel parking lot with a woman, later followed by Daniels.

Daniels went into a motel room while Hardy and the woman argued in the parking lot. As the argument grew more heated, the woman picked up a mop bucket handle and swung it at Hardy.

Daniels emerges from his motel room. He is standing by the motel’s office door when Hardy approaches him and appears to be verbally arguing with him.

“Daniels then pulled out a handgun with his left hand and shot at Hardy, who collapsed to the ground,” the affidavit states.

The woman told police she had previously dated Hardy but that the relationship had ended a few days ago due to Hardy physically abusing her.

She said she had been behind the Ace motel in a truck when Hardy approached her and began arguing with her. She told police Hardy had accused her of cheating on him and had hit and slapped her prior to them walking into the Ace Motel parking lot.

She told police that after she swung the mop handle at Hardy, he approached Daniels and the two men exchanged words before she heard what sounded like a firecracker going off and saw Hardy fall to the ground.

When questioned by detectives, Daniels denied shooting Hardy and said he had walked away from the motel when he heard two or three gunshots.

When told about the video, Daniels changed his story, the affidavit states. He told Brashear that Hardy had approached him with his hands in his pocket and threatened he was going to stab Daniels.”

“Daniels would not state that he shot Hardy but made statements that the video showed what he did,” Brashear wrote in the affidavit. “When I continued to question Daniels about the shooting, he changed his story again and said he did not shoot Hardy and he did not have a handgun.”

Tarrant County court records show Daniels was free on bond on three pending drug charges when the shooting occurred. He was charged in August with two charges of possession of a controlled substance and one charge of possession of marijuana.

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For 23 years, Deanna Boyd has covered crime for the Star-Telegram. She digs deep into the stories behind the tragedies and hosts Out of the Cold, a podcast about unsolved murders in North Texas. She is a University of Texas at Austin graduate and has won several journalism awards through the years.