Bayou Body Count: Some Arrests, And Sex Gone Wrong

Houston police have arrested Harry Dwight Williams for allegedly shooting a 19-year-old man and his girlfriend earlier this month at McCullough Park.

Police say that James Smith, 19, was walking through the park with his girlfriend when he saw Williams, and the two men started arguing. When they started exchanging blows, Williams pulled out a pistol and shot Smith and his girlfriend multiple times.

Smith died at the scene, and his girlfriend was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital in critical condition. She eventually recovered and identified Williams as the shooter, and he was arrested at his house on June 19.  

After a four-month investigation, Houston police charged and arrested Gary Hullaby, 25, for allegedly killing a six-month-old baby at the Hammerly Walk apartments.

In February of this year, the child's mother, Heather Hess, left the baby alone with Hullaby, her boyfriend, while she went to work. Police say that the child started choking and stopped breathing, so Hullaby called Hess, who returned home and called the paramedics. The six-month-old was first taken to Spring Branch Medical Center, then flown to Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital where he died.

After an autopsy, the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office ruled that the baby died as a result of blunt trauma to the head, calling it a murder. Hullaby was arrested June 18 at Hess's house.

Alfred Nahapetian was found stabbed to death, and the Chronicle reports it was the result of a gay sexual tryst gone awry.

Deputies arrested 22-year-old Thomas Ashford, who, apparently met Nahapetian, 60, at an adult video store in Houston, then returned to Nahapetian's house for sex. According to the Chronicle, the "relationship did not occur as he wished, which made him mad, causing him to stab the victim."  

On June 20, Nahpetian's ex-wife and son went to his house at 11959 Steamboat Springs Dr., because Nahapetian had been out of touch with family and friends for 11 days. They found Nahapetian dead from multiple stab wounds, according to the sheriff's office.

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Lee Joseph, 55, has been charged by Houston police for allegedly shooting to death a former business associate on June 18 in the 5300 block of Van Zandt Street.

According to police, Joseph and 37-year-old Edward Colomb started arguing about "payment of services in a previous business arrangement" and Joseph got upset, pulled out a handgun and "shot in the direction of Colomb and several other people." Colomb tried to run but was hit several times, dying at the scene.

Police arrested Joseph not long after the shooting.


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It's been more than three years, but a Harris County grand jury finally indicted a suspect in the murder of a three-year-old boy, last seen at 1251 Wilcrest Dr.

Roderick Fountain was charged on June 18 for allegedly killing his son, Kendrick Jackson, according to the Houston Police Department. 

In April of 2006, Fountain told police his son disappeared while Fountain was doing laundry at the family's apartment. Fountain, who was already a convicted felon, was arrested early in the investigation for possessing a gun, and he was sentenced to 15 years.

The continuing investigation by the FBI, Houston Police Department and the Harris County District Attorney's Office led to Fountain's indictment.

A 29-year-old man was shot dead in his car on Wednesday, according to the Houston Police Department.

Devarek Joseph was sitting in his car in the parking lot of the Crossview Court apartments, at 2929 Crossview Dr., when another car drove up. Police say that after a brief exchange of words, Joseph was shot multiple times in the head and chest, and the suspects drove away.

Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call HPD homicide detectives at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-22-TIPS.

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