A 24-year-old Texas City man was arrested Thursday and charged in connection to a pair of homicides in La Marque and Texas City over the past two months.
The La Marque Police Department charged Charles Lee Henderson, 24, with murder after he was arrested during a traffic stop Thursday and made statements implicating himself in the March 15 shooting of Robbie Lewis, Lt. Shawn Spruill said.
Lewis, 33, was shot in his car in a convenience store parking lot on FM 1765 in La Marque, police said. Initially, three men were considered persons of interest in the killing based on video surveillance, but after identifying and interviewing them police determined they were not the shooters, Spruill said.
Video surveillance showed Lewis parked in the lot next to another vehicle, police said. It appeared Lewis was then shot, officials said.
Video shows Lewis’ vehicle speeding out of the Circle T’s parking lot, traveling across Lake Road and onto the campus of Lake Road Elementary School, where it came to stop, police said. Lewis got out of his car and ran back to Circle T’s where he entered the store and collapsed, authorities said.
He was taken to Mainland Medical Center and then Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead of multiple gun shots to the torso, police said.
Henderson became the primary suspect in the case, but there was not enough evidence to charge him, Spruill said in a written statement. Police were unable to interview Henderson during that time, police said.
Henderson was also charged with having a prohibited item in a correctional facility by officers who allege he was concealing a handgun when he came to the police station, police said.
After La Marque Police completed their interviews with Henderson, the Texas City Police Department interviewed him, and connected Henderson to the death of Anthony Sonnier, 29, of La Marque.
Sonnier was found dead in a parked car on the 1200 block of Appomattox Drive in Texas City on April 20. He was shot several times while he sat in the passenger seat of the car.
Police said an unknown person approached the car Sonnier was in and opened fire. Two other men who were in the car were not injured.
Henderson was charged with capital murder in connection to Sonnier’s death, according the Texas City Police Department.
Henderson was being held on a $500,000 bond at the Texas City Police Department until he could be transported to the Galveston County jail, police said.
Reporter John Wayne Ferguson contributed to this article.