Murder

Over the weekend, the Port Arthur Police Department reported a number of violent crimes taking place involving firearms and resulting in the deaths of two individuals.

The first call reported by PAPD came in at about 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, and advised that a subject had been shot at the Avery Trace Apartments. Arriving officers found a black male suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the chest. 

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Davis Walters, charged with killing then-girlfriend Kiana Joubert at a Beaumont apartment complex in September 2018, was sentenced to life in prison for the crime on Oct. 29 in Judge Raquel West’s 252nd Jefferson County District Court. 

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A man was arrested for murder after allegedly shooting his neighbor the night of Saturday, Dec. 29 in the area of Kenneth and Woodrow Avenue in Beaumont. 

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Chambers County Sheriff's Office responded to a home on FM 2041 in Anahuac in reference to two deceased individuals on Dec. 24. Upon arrival, deputies discovered Matthew Allen Kline, 28, and his wife, Dominique Schliske, 26, dead from gunshot wounds.

The initial investigation showed Schliske was in the master bedroom of their home and was likely shot in the head while asleep. Kline was discovered in the same room on the floor next to the bed with what detectives believe was a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head. 

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An 18-year-old Port Arthur man has been indicted for murder Dec. 5 related to the March 4 shooting death of 18-year-old Kevonn J. Washington.

Officers with the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) arrested James Earl Holloway Nov. 13 and charged him with Washington’s murder. Washington was found deceased at the Lakeview Palms Apartments, located at 5200 Gulfway Dr., having suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

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A Jefferson County jury rejected a 71-year-old Lumberton woman's claim of self-defense in the shooting of her boyfriend, 58-year-old Larry Wayne Atwood of Vidor, convicting the elderly defendant of first-degree murder in Judge John Stevens' Criminal District Court Nov. 29.

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Port Arthur Police officers with the help of the Jefferson County warrant division arrested 69-year-old OC Thomas on Nov. 21, for the October murder of Michael Lynn Thomas, 56 of Port Arthur. 

Information from PAPD shows Michael Thomas was shot in the torso Oct. 24 at Fabric Care WAashateria on 25th Street in Port Arthur. At the time, he was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Bond for OC Thomas is set at $1.5 million.

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Officers with the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) have arrested and charged a teen suspect with murder related to the March 4 shooting death of 18-year-old Kevonn J. Washington, who was found deceased at an apartment complex having suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Officers took 18-year-old James Earl Holloway into custody at approximately 8:20 p.m. on Nov. 13. Holloway was arrested on suspicion that he shot and killed Washington at Lakeview Palms Apartments, located at 5200 Gulfway Dr., earlier this year.

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According to the Public Information Officer with Port Arthur Police Department, on Sept. 29, at approximately 10:22 p.m., officers were dispatched to a major accident in the area of 1700 T.B. Ellison on Pleasure Island. Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive victim within a vehicle that had struck a guardrail at this location, later identified as Khoa Dang Nguyen, 33, of Nederland. Nguyen sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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