A 22-year-old man who fled to Indiana was arrested for the brutal killing of a gay Houston man and is expected to be extradited to Texas to face a capital murder charge.
Late Tuesday, police converged on a CVS parking lot in Delphi, Ind., and arrested David James Brown after being tipped that he was hiding out in rural Tippecanoe County, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier. When Brown left the house that evening, police followed him and eventually arrested him in the parking lot.
Brown (photo) surrendered without incident about 10:30 p.m., police told the Journal & Courier.
Brown is accused of kidnapping and killing Marc Pourner, a 28-year-old gay man from Spring. Friends last heard from Pourner on Nov. 12, when he received a “disturbing” late-night phone call. He didn’t arrive at work on Friday. A day later, tips led Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies to his body and burned out pickup truck near Firetower Road and FM 1485.
Brown was identified as a suspect within 24 hours, Lt. Brady Fitzgerald, a spokesperson for the agency, told the Montgomery County Police Reporter. Pourner’s father, Mark Pourner, said the suspect and his son were acquaintances and that Brown is best friend’s with Pourner’s boyfriend, according to KTRK.
Montgomery County sheriff’s detectives traveled to Indiana on Wednesday to continue their investigation, Fitzgerald said. Brown faces a capital murder charge and is being held on a $1 million bond.
Police in Indiana said Wednesday that Brown will fight his extradition back to Texas, according to the Journal & Courier. Brown has faced four felony charges since 2011, the media outlet reported.
Brown’s arrest was welcomed news on Wednesday during a candlelight vigil for Pourner near where his body was found.
“I'm ecstatic there's an arrest made. Now I want to be attending a trial and shortly after that I want to be attending an execution,” Mark Pourner told KPRC.
Friends also celebrated Pourner during the vigil. Via KTRK:
“Mark was a good guy. Never in a room where you can't laugh at him,” Brandon Massoth, a friend said. “Never a day where he's not cracking jokes.”
Pourner's father says people came because they loved his son and “can't believe he's gone.”
“We feel much the same way,” he added.
Friends described Pourner as confident, outspoken and opinionated, according to KHOU.
So even with eyes drowning in tears over Marc’s murder, three dozen used candles to say what words cannot.
“Since day one, that’s all we did was laugh,” Patrick Sargent said. “He’s going to be missed.”
“My son was so generous,” Mark Pourner said. “He was a loving, trusting kid and unfortunately in this day and age, that can get you taken advantage of. I’m afraid that’s what eventually happened to him.”