A 23-year-old Beaumont man wanted for the December 2017 murder of a friend he had known since childhood is now in custody.
Desmond Bennett, of Beaumont, who was wanted on a Jefferson County warrant for the death of Anthony Green on December 28, 2017, at a Beaumont car wash was arrested Tuesday in Houston according to a release from the Beaumont Police Department.
Bennet is being held in the Jefferson County Correctional Center on a $1 million bond.
Green and the two men charged with his murder have known each other since they were kids according to Green’s sister Keandra Green Kyles.
Kyles recently posted a photo on Facebook of Green and his longtime friends, Bennett and David Parkerson who police say fatally shot Green at a Beaumont carwash on December 28, 2017.
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A murder warrant was issued for Parkerson in early January 2018 and police are still looking for him.
Kyles sent 12News a statement saying… “knowing we are one step closer to justice brings us so much peace. I can honestly say that now I feel my little brother is resting well knowing that justice is being served and his case did not go cold. Although nothing will ever bring my brother back, finding and taking Desmond into custody has made my mom smile again and that means so much to me.”
Kyles told 12News that her family believes her brother was killed because Bennett had heard a rumor that his girlfriend had been seeing Green behind his back.
She tells 12News that both Green and Bennett’s girlfriend denied having a relationship but that Bennett killed him anyway.
Kyles said her mother is upset because Bennett has showed no remorse and that it bothers her the most that the two had been childhood friends.
Detectives with the Beaumont Police Department and U.S. Marshals acting on a tip found Bennett at a Houston area hotel according to a release from the Beaumont Police Department.
A Harris County SWAT team assisted in the arrest of Bennett who was taken into custody without incident according to the release.
Bennett was transported back to the Beaumont Police station to be booked on murder charges.
When Bennet was escorted from the police station flanked by two Beaumont Police officers and surrounded by reporters he mentioned that murder could have been gang related and claimed he was innocent.
Investigators have been unable to validate Bennett’s claims that the murder was gang related according to Beaumont Police spokesperson Officer Haley Morrow.
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