3 arrested in murder of teen in Central East Austin

AUSTIN - Police have charged three men in the murder of a teen in Central East Austin on Nov. 6.

Court documents allege Andre Pelon "Prophecy" Jackson, 34, Dequincy Lewis "Q" Fields, 27, and Maurice Andre Taylor, 33, in the murder of Kenneth Johnson, 19. Johnson was found lying in the road in the 7400 block of Geneva Drive shortly before 9 p.m. Nov. 6. Police and EMS responded, but Johnson died at the scene.

Following Johnson's murder, his girlfriend spoke with police and said they had gone to the Kings Point area on Nov. 5 and met with Jackson, who introduced himself as “Prophecy.” Johnson’s girlfriend said they spent time with Jackson on Nov. 5 and the evening of Nov. 6.

According to the affidavit, the victim and his girlfriend visited Jackson and his fiancée in Room 259 of the Studio 6 Motel, and that the victim and suspect left together. Jackson’s fiancée called Jackson around 8 or 9 p.m., who told her that he had just dropped Johnson off at a Burger King. The affidavit said they provided Johnson’s girlfriend with a photo of Jackson, and that she positively identified him as “Prophecy.”

Johnson’s sister also spoke with police, who said she spoke with Johnson around 8:40 p.m. Nov. 6. Text messages between the two shows the victim told her he was in the Manor Road area. Johnson’s sister said he told her he was making some money and was going to come see her.

Police said they also investigated a robbery reported around the time of the murder at the Spring Terrace Apartments along the 7100 block of North I-35. The affidavit stated officers learned Fields was selling drugs in the area, and had rented several rooms at the Studio 6 Motel.

Employees at the motel said the people who had rented Room 259 left behind a gray backpack and two cell phones. One of the cell phones and the backpack had been described to police as belonging to the victim.

On Nov. 10, an associate of the victim went to APD headquarters to provide a statement. The associate said Fields and Johnson had a falling out a while back because Fields thought Johnson had robbed him. He also said he dropped off the victim and his girlfriend at the motel on Nov. 6, a statement that was corroborated by surveillance video at the motel.

According to the affidavit, surveillance video showed Jackson, Taylor and the victim get into a Buick sedan at the motel around 8:30 p.m. and leave. DPS, operating off a BOLO issued by APD, contacted police with information that the Buick sedan had been spotted via license plate scan approximately 1/4 mile from where the victim’s body was found.

Police obtained search warrants for phones belonging to Jackson, Fields, the victim and one other person. The affidavits state the victim’s phone pinged on the same tower as Jackson’s after the victim’s body was found, and that Fields and Jackson exchanged 10 calls within an hour of Johnson's death.

After Jackson was arrested Monday, Jackson’s girlfriend told police Jackson returned to the motel alone, and that there was “a lot of blood all over the inside” of the Buick and bullet holes in the passenger side windows. The affidavit states police learned the location of bloody clothes Jackson was allegedly wearing when he returned to the hotel and a semiautomatic pistol under the hood of a sedan Jackson purchased from Fields a couple weeks prior.

Police interviewed Jackson, who said he drove the Buick to a convenience store. Jackson told police he saw Fields talking to the victim through an open window before smoking marijuana with the convenience store manager. When he returned, Jackson told police the Buick, Fields, Taylor and the victim were gone. According to the affidavit, Jackson told police he walked back to the Studio 6 motel and got back into the vehicle, drove it around the parking lot and parked it once he noticed the extent of the damage.

Jackson said he called Fields, who told him he needed to take care of the damage. The affidavit states Jackson told police he never saw the Buick again and was not sure what happened to it.

Police have charged Jackson, Fields and Taylor with first-degree murder. Jackson was booked into the Travis County Jail Monday night and is being held on $250,000 bond. Fields was booked Tuesday afternoon on $100,000 bond, and Taylor was booked Tuesday evening on combined $115,000 bond.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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