Beaumont man faces murder charges for June shooting

Darius Gardiner

A 24-year-old Beaumont man is facing murder charges after he was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Sept. 20.

Police responded to the 3700 block of Grand Street in reference to a shooting victim at about 11 p.m. on June 29, according to the probable cause (PC) affidavit for arrest. Upon arrival at the scene, they discovered a deceased male victim with gunshot wounds lying in the grassy area near the apartment complex. Police identified the man as 35-year-old Cedathion Rashard Dill. 

Beaumont police arrested Darius Gardiner for homicide June 30 after witnesses reportedly told them Gardiner had shot and killed Dill the previous day.

One witness told police Gardiner had called him for a ride to the Point North Apartments at 3720 Magnolia St. in Beaumont so he could “fight someone.” The witness stated that Gardiner pointed out a black male walking down Hale Street. The witness told police he pulled up and Gardiner “got out of the car and shot the black male walking down the street.” The witness indicated he had no idea Gardiner had a gun. The witness told police he sped away when he realized the incident “had turned into more than just a fight,” according to the PC.

If convicted of murder, Gardiner Lewis faces life imprisonment or five to 99 years behind bars, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.