Multiple witnesses to a February shooting outside a La Marque nightclub identified the man charged with firing the fatal shots, according to police documents.

Kendrae Jones, 32, of Texas City was shot seven times Feb. 3 outside The Fish Place, a restaurant and nightclub in La Marque.

Texas City police Friday arrested Javonta Filer, 22, of Texas City, and charged him in connection with Jones’ murder.

Filer admitted during a police interview to being at the club on the night of the shooting, and multiple witnesses identified him as being there, according to an arrest warrant.

Filer told police that, before the shooting, he had gotten into a fight with another man who was Jones’ close friend, according to the warrant. That man told police that the fight was over a “past gun deal,” according to the warrant.

After the fight ended, Filer and another man were seen outside the club, according to the warrant.

Jones was shot after the club closed. Some witnesses told police that the shooting happened after Jones was called over to a small white car, and was shot by the person in the passenger seat, according to the warrant.

One witness told police that Filer — who also goes by the nickname “Tap Tootie” — got into the passenger seat of the car shortly before the shooting, according to the warrant. The same witness said that Filer had a gun in his waistband, according to the warrant.

Investigators interviewed Filer at least twice before arresting him, according to the warrant. He said he left the club after the fight and went to a house in Clear Lake, according to the warrant. When police tried to interview him a second time, he was uncooperative, according to the warrant.

Police did not say Friday how Filer was apprehended. Jail records indicate he was taken into custody in southwest Houston.

Filer was being held on $262,500 bond in the Galveston County jail Monday afternoon.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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Randy Chapman

Another worthless individual opened the door to the big house. When will it ever stop???

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