Alleged murderer captured in Madisonville

Posted 5/7/20

Kendell Jerrell Morris, 22, of Houston was arrested in Madisonville Monday after he allegedly shot and killed Robert Cooley III in Arlington with an assault rifle earlier that same day.

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Alleged murderer captured in Madisonville

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Kendell Jerrell Moris, 22, of Houston was arrested in Madisonville Monday after he allegedly shot and killed Robert Cooley III in Arlington with an assault rifle earlier that same day.

Morris was stopped by a state trooper at the Shell gas station, located at Interstate-45 and State Highway 21, around noon Monday after a ‘be on the lookout’ alert was issued for the vehicle from North Texas authorities. There was also a passenger in the vehicle, who fled the scene after they were pulled over.

The trooper was forced to pursue the fleeing individual while Morris attempted to escape with his vehicle. However, members of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office located at Timewise Food Store across the street saw the situation and immediately assisted.

MCSO officials ultimately tracked down Morris near Spur 104. According to MCSO Investigator Jason Lawrenz, he cooperated during the arrest itself but had a loaded rifle next to him in the passenger’s seat.

“We were just in the right place at the right time, really,” said Lawrenz. “If we were not there to chase the vehicle, I am not sure the Trooper would have been able to get to it in time.”

Morris claimed he had his passenger get out of the vehicle so he would not get hurt, according to Lawrenz. As of Thursday afternoon, the passenger has not been charged with anything. Morris is currently in the Madison County Jail and faces one charge of murder.

According to reports, Cooley was not Morris’ intended target and the murder was a case of mistaken identity.

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