Crosby man who killed an acquaintance rather than repay a debt was
sentenced to 45 years by a Harris County jury this week, Harris County
District Attorney Kim Ogg
crime in our community is rampant because of cases like this, in which a
relatively minor disagreement led to a cold-blooded murder,” Ogg said.
“The victim’s family
lost a son and a much-loved family member, and our hearts ache for
Abarca, 27, was sentenced by the jury after an eight-day trial in which
he was convicted of murder for killing 25-year-old Mustafa Ahmed
Marfani, of Humble,
on April 7, 2016.
met with Marfani about noon in the parking lot of the Huffman Mason
Lodge in the 2300 block of Third Street. Abarca owed Marfani between
$1,800 and $2,200 dollars.
Instead of paying his debt, Abarca killed Marfani.
witnesses who were driving toward the parking lot at the time saw a
large white truck screeching out of the lot. The couple then saw
Marfani’s vehicle and found him
dead in the car. He had been shot in the head.
witnesses called 911. The police put out an alert about the white
truck. The next day, a deputy with the Precinct 3 Constable’s Office
pulled over the vehicle and
spoke with Abarca, who said he was the only one who had been driving
his truck. He agreed to talk to detectives with the Harris County
the interview, Abarca admitted to meeting with Marfani because of the
money. Abarca then broke down, telling investigators that his life was
over and that he was
going to jail for a long time. He was then charged with murder. Video
surveillance of the area showed Abarca’s truck before and after the
was freed on bail. In early 2017, he jumped bail and fled to Mexico. He
remained there for almost a year until an anonymous tip helped the Gulf
Coast Violent Offenders
Task Force locate him and bring him back to Harris County.
District Attorney Bryan Honeycutt, a chief prosecutor in the DA’s trial
bureau, handled the case with ADA Rehaman Merchant.
said this was a case in which two citizens stepped up to help
authorities, including testifying at trial, and good police work ensured
a just result.
sheriff’s office investigators gathered up cellphone records, cellular
tower data, DNA, fingerprints and firearms-ballistics evidence,”
Honeycutt said. “Almost anything
that you might see on a ‘CSI’ show on TV was used in this case, all of
which helped to reassure the jury that this was the guy who did it.”
Communications Division, Harris County District Attorney’s Office
1201 Franklin St.
Houston, TX 77002