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Man arrested in E. Texas after Arlington police say he killed man in case of mistaken identity
Arlington

Police say Kendell Morris drove from Houston to attack another man, shot the victim and was driving back when he was apprehended.

A 22-year-old man is in custody in Madison County after police say he shot and killed a 24-year-old man at an Arlington apartment complex Monday morning.

Arlington police say Kendell Jerrell Morris drove from Houston early Monday to assault someone who lived in the same apartment complex as the victim, Robert Cooley III.

According to an arrest-warrant affidavit, Morris knew only that his intended target was a black man with dreadlocks, although a witness said they had previously argued over the phone. Cooley was not that man, according to the affidavit.

Witnesses at the Bardin Greene Apartments said that around 9 a.m., Morris and another man arrived at the complex in the 300 block of Bardin Greene Drive in a 2008 Nissan Altima with rear bumper damage.

One witness said she heard gunshots and found Cooley lying shot in the parking lot.

By the time officers arrived, Cooley was dead and the Altima was gone, according to the affidavit. Police alerted other law enforcement agencies along Interstate 45 to be on the lookout for the car.

About 12:30 p.m., they got a call from Madisonville, 100 miles north of Houston, where a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper had spotted the Altima. The trooper tried to pull the vehicle over but it did not stop, according to the affidavit.

When Morris did eventually pull over, the affidavit says, officials found an AR-15 rifle on the vehicle’s floorboard.

Morris admitted to police that he was at the apartment complex in Arlington, but said he was not involved in the homicide, the affidavit says.

He was arrested on a charge of murder and is in custody at the Madison County Jail, awaiting transfer to Tarrant County.

By the time officers arrived, Cooley was dead and the Altima was gone, according to the affidavit. Police alerted other law enforcement agencies along Interstate 45 to be on the lookout for the car.

About 12:30 p.m., they got a call from Madisonville, 100 miles north of Houston, where a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper had spotted the Altima. The trooper tried to pull the vehicle over but it did not stop, according to the affidavit.

When Morris did eventually pull over, the affidavit says, officials found an AR-15 rifle on the vehicle’s floorboard.

Morris admitted to police that he was at the apartment complex in Arlington, but said he was not involved in the homicide, the affidavit says.

He was arrested on a charge of murder and is in custody at the Madison County Jail, awaiting transfer to Tarrant County.