A Texas City man was charged Friday in connection with the death of 32-year-old Kendrae Jones, who was shot and killed during an altercation outside a La Marque nightclub on Feb. 3.

Jovanta James Filer, 22, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree murder, police said.

Jones was shot and killed in the 5100 block of FM 1765 during a fight that started at The Fish Place, a night club in La Marque. The shooting happened across the La Marque-Texas City line, officials said.

Another woman was shot in the leg during the incident, but survived, police said.

Jones’ death was the first reported homicide in Texas City this year.

Filer was also charged with assault causing serious bodily injury and interfering with an emergency call, according to Galveston County jail records. His combined bond was set at $262,500, according to jail records. He is currently in custody at the Galveston County jail, police said.

Police asked anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 409-945-8477 or Texas City Police Detective Robert Wiley at 409-643-5831.

Connor Behrens: 409-683-5241; connor.behrens@galvnews.com.


Before coming to work for The Daily News as a staff reporter, Connor worked for us as a freelance correspondent throughout 2017. He has written for other publications such as the Washington Post.

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Randy Chapman

His bond should be higher.

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