A man killed in a Galveston apartment building Sunday pleaded for his life in the moments before his death, according to court documents released Thursday after the arrest of a suspect in the killing.
Anthony Maupin, 44, of Galveston, was shot Sunday night inside an apartment on the ninth floor of the Gulf Breeze apartment complex, a public housing development operated by the Galveston Housing Authority in the 1200 block of 21st Street.
The apartment is leased by Maupin’s girlfriend, police said.
Police on Wednesday arrested the woman’s son, 19-year-old Bryan Lee Bell, who was charged Maupin’s murder.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by The Daily News, the events that led to Maupin’s death started with an argument inside the apartment at about 9:45 p.m.
Witnesses interviewed after the shooting told police at least five people were in the apartment before the shooting — Maupin, his girlfriend, her daughter and man and a woman from Tennessee who had been staying at the apartment “off and on.”
Witnesses told police the group had been at the apartment to watch a football game, according to the affidavit.
Maupin and his girlfriend had argued during the day. At one point, the daughter and the visiting couple left the apartment to get away from the arguing, according to the affidavit.
While they were outside the apartment, the daughter called her brother, Bell, and told him about the arguments, according to the affidavit.
Witnesses told police that shortly after the call, Bell arrived at the apartment building and went upstairs.
“They assumed Bryan was there to evict Anthony Deyon Maupin from the apartment due to the arguing,” according to the affidavit.
None of the witnesses in the arrest warrant claim to have seen Bell shoot Maupin. One of the witnesses described following Bell up an elevator and hearing a gunshot from inside the apartment.
After the gunshot, the witness entered the apartment and saw Bell pointing a handgun at Maupin’s head, according to the affidavit.
“Maupin was screaming ‘I didn’t do anything, I didn’t do anything,’” a witness quoted in the affidavit told police.
After leaving the apartment, Bell went to his home on the 5700 block of Stewart Road, accompanied by most of the other people from the apartment, according to the affidavit.
Multiple people called 911 to report the gunshot, police said.
Maupin, who was shot in the lower abdomen, was taken by ambulance to the University of Texas Medical Branch, but was declared dead at 10:58 p.m.
Police did not issue a statement about Maupin’s killing until Tuesday. At the time, Galveston Police Department detective Derek Gaspard said there was a person of interest in the killing, but no arrests had been made. The warrant for Bell’s arrest was issued Tuesday.
The Galveston Housing Authority cooperated with police during the investigation, including by providing security camera video to investigators, a spokeswoman said.
The apartment where Maupin was shot was leased by just one person, the spokeswoman said. Housing authority residents are allowed to have guests, but there are limits on how many nights a year a person may allow overnight guests.
The Gulf Breeze apartment complex was once used solely to house elderly people and people with disabilities, but the federal government expanded who could live in the apartments after the demolition of some of Galveston’s public housing flooded during Hurricane Ike in 2008.
Bell was arrested peacefully Wednesday at the Galveston Police Department headquarters, Gaspard said.
Bell was charged with murder and was being held Thursday afternoon on $250,000 bond at the Galveston County jail.
Bell has one previous conviction for unlawful carrying of a handgun in 2015, a misdemeanor, according to court records. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four days in jail, according to court records.
If convicted of murder, Bell faces a sentence of between five and 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.