‘Tussle’ led to fatal shooting outside Medieval Times, suspect says

Javan Bush, 25.
Javan Bush, 25. Courtesy of Dallas County Jail.

At first, Javan Bush denied being anywhere near Medieval Times on Sunday evening, when Martha Teran was fatally shot in the restaurant’s parking lot.

Bush told police he had been on the other side of town, in South Oak Cliff.

But detectives tracked Bush’s cell phone to the area near Medieval Times, and on Friday, he confirmed in a jailhouse interview with WFAA-TV that he heard the gunshot that killed Teran.

“Everything seemed normal at first,” Bush told WFAA reporter Rebecca Lopez in the interview. “Next thing you know, there was a tussle.”

Bush, 25, was arrested Thursday, accused of acting as the getaway driver in the killing. The suspected shooter, 22-year-old Lonzell Hunter, was arrested Wednesday.

Both men remain jailed as they face capital murder charges.

Teran, 42, had been trying to sell her adult daughter’s iPhone through the OfferUp app.

She made contact with Hunter and Bush, according to an arrest warrant affidavit, and arranged to meet the men in the parking lot of Medieval Times, a busy dinner theater restaurant off Stemmons Freeway near downtown.

When she arrived, Hunter grabbed the phone from her and shot her once, an affidavit said.

Bush, who denied knowing a robbery would happen, told WFAA that he drove Hunter to the parking lot to meet Teran. Then something went wrong.

“They were going back and forth, like a tussle, like a struggle over a phone,” Bush told WFAA. “They were going back and forth, back and forth, and next thing you know, you hear a pop.”

Hunter later told Bush, “She should have just let the phone go,” Bush said.

Read WFAA’s full story here, which includes video of Bush’s interview.

According to one affidavit, a third man was with Bush and Hunter the night of the shooting. No additional arrests had been made by Friday night.