A district court judge Wednesday denied a proposed bond reduction for a Hitchcock man accused of fatally shooting a Texas City resident in August.

Authorities charged Delvin Dantran Archie, 35, with murder in November in the death of Tahara Goins, 40. He was placed in Galveston County jail, where he remains, and his bond was set at $300,000.

Archie’s attorney, Mohamed Ibrahim, had asked that the bond be reduced to $100,000, Assistant District Attorney Adam Poole said.

Judge Michelle Slaughter of the 405th District Court denied that request Wednesday and added additional bond conditions, including GPS monitoring, house arrest, drug testing and a bi-weekly reporting to court, Poole said.

Prosecutors allege the shooting was retaliation against Goins for a home burglary that took place hours before the killing, according to arrest affidavits released in November.

Hours before the shooting, Archie’s fiancee called Hitchcock police to report Goins had burglarized her home and assaulted her, according to the affidavits. A Hitchcock police officer who responded to the fiancee’s report told investigators he called Goins, who said Archie was on his way to the apartment complex and “he was going to do what he had to do,” according to the affidavits.

The fiancee told police she called Archie — who had been going to Houston strip clubs celebrating a relative’s birthday — about the burglary, and he returned to their Hitchcock home, according to the affidavits.

Archie told police he was upset Goins had entered his house and assaulted his fiancee and child. However, Archie said he didn’t leave the residence after returning home, according to the affidavits.

Security video from the apartment shows someone in a car similar to Archie’s was parked outside the apartment complex when Goins walked to the entrance gate about 2:10 a.m., according to the affidavits. The video showed a flash from the car’s driver door window and Goins then crouched down. Goins fell to the ground after a second flash from the window, and his cellphone fell to the ground, according to the affidavits.

The driver then left heading east on Ninth Avenue North, according to arrest affidavits.

A resident arrived at the scene minutes after the shooting and called police. Emergency medical personnel took Goins to John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, where he died the next day from a gunshot wound to his head and stomach, police said.

Cellphone records would later show Archie and Goins called each other 34 times in the hour before the shooting, according to the arrest affidavits. An FBI analysis indicates Archie’s cellphone was used near the apartment complex at the time of the shooting, according to arrest affidavits.

Three days after the shooting, a La Marque detective told Texas City investigators that someone found a burned Buick Lucerne in the 2800 block of state Highway 3. Texas City detectives determined Archie owned the car by checking the vehicle identification numbers, according to the affidavits.

The security video also showed the vehicle had three-hole air vents on each front fender, matching the burned car, according to arrest affidavits.

Contact reporter Matthew deGrood at 409-683-5230 or matthew.degrood@galvnews.com


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