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Grand jury declines to indict Fort Worth man in minister’s fatal shooting

Taifiq Forney(left) was shot to death on Sept. 20 on Kutman Court in Fort Worth. His wife Natasha Forney(right) said he had just left their home when he was killed
Taifiq Forney(left) was shot to death on Sept. 20 on Kutman Court in Fort Worth. His wife Natasha Forney(right) said he had just left their home when he was killed Courtesy

A Tarrant County grand jury has declined to indict a Fort Worth man in the fatal shooting of a minister during what the suspect told witnesses was a sexual encounter.

Grand jurors returned the no-bill on Tuesday for Gary D. Ervin, 38, who was arrested on suspicion of murder in the slaying of Taifiq “Tai” Forney, 36, of Forest Hill.

Ervin remained in the Tarrant County Jail on Tuesday.

“It was presented to the grand jury, and they elected to no-bill,” Sam Jordan, a spokeswoman for the Tarrant County district attorney’s office, said in an email Tuesday. Prosecutors offered no further comment.

Mark Scott of Fort Worth, Ervin’s attorney, could not be reached Tuesday.

Forney was found in his 2010 Hyundai Sonata shortly before 7:30 a.m. Sept. 20 in the 5300 block of Kutman Court in Fort Worth. He was pronounced dead at 8:10 a.m. at John Peter Smith Hospital. He had been shot four times in the chest and abdomen, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office reported.

Several witnesses told police that they saw Ervin upset and crying in a park shortly after the shooting. He told witnesses that he shot Forney because Forney touched him sexually, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Shortly after the shooting, one witness told police that she saw Ervin, who goes by the street name “Hound Dog,” upset. When she asked if he was OK, he replied, “I bet he won’t do that anymore,” referring to the minister. The witness saw Ervin wiping off a black semi-automatic pistol that police said was consistent with the weapon used to kill Forney, according to the affidavit.

Ervin was arrested Dec. 8 on a murder warrant.

Natasha Forney, the minister’s wife, told the Star-Telegram in December that she didn’t believe Ervin’s account of the encounter.

Tai Forney moved to Fort Worth about three years ago from Roanoke, Va., relatives said. He had worked for the Everman school district, at a UPS warehouse and at Applebee’s in Arlington, his wife said.

He volunteered with the Tarrant Area Food Bank’s mobile food pantry in the Stop Six neighborhood of southeast Fort Worth. He also volunteered and ministered at the Union Gospel Mission and the Salvation Army on East Lancaster Avenue.

Ervin’s criminal record dates to 1996, according to Tarrant County criminal court records. He was sentenced to five years in prison for a robbery in Fort Worth in 1998. He was last arrested in 2012, charged with criminal trespass in Arlington and was sentenced to a day in jail, according to court records.

This report includes material from Star-Telegram archives.

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

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