2 Huntington men arrested in connection to Houston shooting death

2 Huntington men arrested in connection to Houston shooting death
Devyn Durham (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Devyn Durham (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Jace Weeks (Source: Harris County Jail)
Jace Weeks (Source: Harris County Jail)

HOUSTON, TX (KTRE) - Two Huntington men have been arrested and charged with murder in connection with a shooting death that occurred at a Houston parking garage on April 30.

One suspect turned himself in to authorities in the Houston area, and the other man was captured in Angelina County after a pursuit Tuesday morning.

Devyn Wilheim Durham, 19, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a first-degree murder charge and a third-degree felony evading arrest with a vehicle charge. His bond amount has been set at $510,000.

Jace Andrew Weeks, 19, is still being held in the Harris County Jail on a first-degree murder charge. His bond amount has been set at $75,000.

Jodi Silva, a spokeswoman for the Houston Police Department, confirmed that the murder charges against Durham and Weeks are in connection to a shooting death that occurred at an apartment complex parking garage located at 611 Dairy Ashford at about 11:55 p.m. She said the two young men are the only two suspects in the case.

Silva said that Weeks turned himself in to authorities in the Houston area on Monday. She also said that HPD investigators told her that Durham ran from law enforcement in Angelina County Tuesday morning.

"Area law enforcement agencies were involved in a high-speed pursuit this morning in the Huntington area on FM 844," a press release from the Angelina County Sheriff's Office stated. "Devyn W. Durham, age 19, was being sought by law enforcement on a murder warrant out of Houston, Texas. After wrecking on 844 while fleeing police, Durham was taken into custody on that warrant and is facing other charges related to the pursuit and drug possession."

A preliminary crash report by the Texas Department of Public Safety stated that Durham crashed his 2016 Honda at about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday while he was trying to evade ACSO deputies. The car was heading north on FM 844 when it drove off the road to the right and struck and fence and dense brush, a DPS press release stated.

Lt. Brett Maisel with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office said in the ACSO press release that Durham was transported to the county jail, and his female passenger, a juvenile, was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

'The Angelina County Sheriff's Office wishes to thank Huntington PD, Zavalla PD, Diboll PD, Constable Chad Wilson, and the Texas Highway Patrol for their assistance during the chase and apprehension," the ACSO press release stated.

According to a press release on the Houston Police Department website, the victim has tentatively been identified as Sam Kyle James, 31. His identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

The HPD press release quoted S. Overstreet and M. Cass, two detectives from the department's Homicide Division.

"Mr. James was found shot and unresponsive in an apartment complex parking garage at [611 Dairy Ashford]," the press release stated. "He was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene by Houston Fire Department paramedics."

According to the press release, James' girlfriend told investigators that he was with her at the apartment complex on Dairy Ashford, and he told her that he was going to the parking garage to meet someone.

Click here for the full Houston Police Department press release.

This is not Durham's first run-in with the law. Back in August of 2017, Durham was arrested on drug and weapons charges after a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 69. According to a Texas Department of Public Safety press release, a search of Durham's vehicle turned up a "short barrel firearm," less than 2 ounces of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and alcohol.

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