The 39-year-old man arrested on a weapon charge in connection with the shooting death of a woman in her La Marque home has a criminal history in the county and was found at the scene of the killing, according to charging documents.

Beyond scant details uncovered with the release of a probable cause affidavit, investigators have released little information about a case they said was open and active.

“We’re still just investigating and trying to gather more information,” said Evelyn Arrendondo, spokeswoman for the La Marque Police Department.

Police on Saturday announced Byron Eugene Coleman, 39, of La Marque, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon in connection to the shooting death of Brandy Rhines, 39. His bond is set at $200,000.

Coleman has a prior felony conviction in Galveston County on a 1997 charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, court records show.

Coleman was charged hours after Rhines was found dead in her home in the 1900 block of Little Street, police said.

Police received a call about a possible disturbance at the home about 10:45 a.m. Friday, according to a probable cause affidavit released Monday.

A relative was at the scene and told police Rhines wasn’t breathing, according to the affidavit.

Officers at the scene said Rhines appeared to have been shot several times, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police also detained Coleman at the scene, according to the affidavit.

The relative told police that Coleman had arrived at her house in the morning with a gash on his face asking for medical attention, according to the affidavit.

The relative said she saw Coleman had a gold and tan pistol in his pocket and left her house in his vehicle, according to the affidavit.

It was not immediately apparent what Coleman’s relationship to the victim was.

“This is an active, open investigation,” Assistant Criminal District Attorney Bill Reed, the felony division chief, said.

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