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Four indicted on first degree murder charges for shooting death of Beaumont man Jesse Rodriguez

Jesse Rodriguez was shot on August 17 after an incident at Cicis Pizza.

BEAUMONT, Texas — Four people have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in connection with the shooting death of Jesse Rodriguez inside his truck on August 17 near Parkdale Mall. 

Martin Vincent Pettway Jr., 21, Xavier Michael Parrish, 20, Nayah Mayfield, 20, and Taylor Jones, 19, were indicted Wednesday after 20-year-old Rodriguez was shot in his truck around 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 17. 

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Beaumont Police said in a news release Rodriguez was taken to St. Elizabeth and later died.  

The shooting happened underneath the Eastex Freeway overpass at Dowlen Road. 

Police said the incident stemmed from a disturbance inside Cicis Pizza, and it carried into the parking lot.  

According to a probable cause affidavit, witnesses told investigators there was a disturbance between Rodriguez and a man inside Cicis Pizza. 

Witnesses said the four suspects were seen getting into a black Ford Fusion. 

The documents say Taylor Jones' name was given to investigators as one of the customers inside the restaurant, and police left messages with her relatives on Monday, August 19. 

The affidavit says Jones went to Beaumont Police Department later that evening and gave a voluntary statement, admitting to being in the car when shots were fired from inside it.  

The documents claim Jones told police Parrish was driving the car, while she rode in the passenger seat. Jones said Mayfield sat in the rear passenger seat, and Pettway sat behind the driver's seat according to the affidavit. 

Jones told police she didn't report what happened because she was afraid according to the documents. 

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Credit: Beaumont Police Department
Nyah Mayfield, 20, of Port Arthur, (left to right) Xaiver Michael Parrish, 20, of Groves, left and Martin Vincent Pettway, 21, of Port Arthur, Parrish and Pettway are each being held on a $1 million bond and Mayfield was released on a $5,000 bond in the shooting death of a Beaumont man