Before dawn on Nov. 30, Tyera Mukes’s friend picked her up at a Motel 6 in south Fort Worth and drove her to the front office. Mukes, 24, wanted to pay for another day.
Instead, she was shot dead at the counter.
It was the second killing in Fort Worth that morning and the same person is accused of committing both, according to arrest warrant affidavits obtained by the Star-Telegram Monday.
Joshua Montrel Lewis, 34, remained in Mansfield jail Monday with total bail set at $350,000 — $100,000 in the Mukes case and $250,000 in the shooting death of Alton Young, 44.
Police found Mukes dead at the Motel 6 off I-35 near Altamesa Blvd. around 4:40 a.m. that day. About 30 minutes later, officers found Young dead in the kitchen of a home at 2012 Daniel St. in east Fort Worth.
The affidavit says Young was killed first. He didn’t live at the home on Daniel St., but had arrived early that morning.
He was talking to the home’s renter and when the two men walked into the house, Lewis, known as “Trel,” walked up and shot Young in the head, according to the affidavit.
Lewis “then started laughing,” and ordered the home’s renter and two women who were at the house into his car. The affidavit says he drove to the Motel 6, where “he shot and killed another random individual.”
Mukes’s friend told police she witnessed Mukes’s death. She said she saw a “black male wearing a black shirt and black pants” approach Mukes and shoot her with a handgun as she stood at the counter.
Mukes fell to the ground, and the man began to fire at the friend’s vehicle, before she drove away and called 911, according to the affidavit.
The woman later identified Lewis from a photo lineup as the man who shot Mukes. At that point, Lewis was already in custody.
When officers arrived at the Motel 6, they found Lewis sitting in a Ford Explorer with the driver’s side window broken out. A handgun was next to him on the seat, and he was arrested on outstanding warrants, the affidavit states. He was wearing a black, long sleeved shirt and black pants.
Ryan Osborne: 817-390-7684, @RyanOsborneFWST