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.

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


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Robert Blake

Of course any loss of life is a tragedy for the victim and loved ones, however; we need to address the impact of this incident and other criminal acts at this housing location in relation to the elderly population. (You can take people from "The Projects" but you can't take that "project mentality" out of people. When I first learned that Galveston Housing Authority were relocating people from other housing projects to the housing in question; I was very concerned for the elderly residing there. I'm not accusing anyone of being criminals; I'm just stating the obvious that criminal elements tend to relocate for convenience. I willing to bet that the crime stats in this housing complex has exceeded all expectations. I'm sending a letter to the Galveston Housing Authority and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requesting an investigation into the welfare and safety of the elderly living in this housing project. The elderly shouldn't be subjected to an environment not supportive to the quality of living they deserve. I wouldn't want my mother living in this place now that the Federal Government has changed the eligibility requirements. Anyone reading this should contract your State Representative, Senator, HUD, and the Galveston Housing Authority requesting a Elderly Welfare Check for this housing project.

Island Bred

I got real concerned when HHS deemed it appropriate to house any disability with elderly at facility on 61st. GHA of course complied. My mom lived there for years with other elderly. Back around 1998 or so the criteria changed to include any disability. All of a sudden there were dysfunctional "depressed",PTSD,MHMR, adults mixed in with just regular retirement age physically declining folks. Caregivers were living with some of the new residents and that was when your caregiver could be your child, nephew, or anyone that you felt needed a paycheck. Even the caregivers were often sketchy and brought their own set of weird baggage. I moved my mom shortly after that. Elderly do not want nor need to be around this sort of thing and there was more than one domestic disturbance going on in my moms hallway even way back then. These folks do not have a back door escape route. Hope they finally realize elderly deserve a safe stress free environment- even if they are below or at poverty line. GHA knows better they should do better and we should demand better.

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