Sunday, July 21, 2024

Third suspect identified in March murder case


Police have identified another alleged suspect involved in the murder of Martin William Davis that took place on March 26, 2023, according to a statement by the Gatesville Police Department.

Gatesville resident Scott Allen Harkcom, 34, was indicted by a Coryell County Grand Jury on Jan. 25 on a charge of murder connected with the shooting death of Davis, court documents say.  

“We and our partners have remained diligent in pursuing this case, as we promised,” Gatesville Police Chief Brad Hunt said. “The arrest of this third suspect does not close the case entirely but ensures the three known parties to Mr. Martin’s death are brought to justice.  Our thoughts remain with the family of the deceased.” 

Police say Harkcom received the indictment while in custody at the Coryell County Jail on an unrelated charge.

Two other suspects have already been identified in relation to the case. Shawn Michael Smith-Brearey, 21, and Trevor Lovell Ford, 32, were charged with murder between June and July 2023.  

The incident occurred at about 9:36 p.m. in the 1600 block of Waco Street. Police found Davis, 61, with gunshot wounds, lying on the ground outside of the front door of a residence. EMS personnel were unable to revive the victim.

Davis arrived home from H-E-B and was unloading his groceries from his vehicle when the incident took place, according to the police. Davis was standing near his open front door when three people approached him from the street.

Video surveillance of the incident shows three people approaching Davis’s home while wearing clothing covering their faces and arms. According to a previous report by the Messenger, at least one suspect fired the fatal shot and then all three fled to the south from the residence.

Harkcom is currently being held at the Coryell County Jail on a nearly $562,000 bond.

An indictment is not a statement regarding the guilt or innocence of a defendant. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.