Teen charged with capital murder for shooting two men in North Houston

A teenager has been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of two men on an Eastex/Jensen road last week after the couple allegedly attacked him earlier, according to court documents.

Kurt Whitten, 19, was arrested around 11 a.m. at his home in the 2100 block of Wellington Street near Burden on Tuesday morning, authorities said. He was arrested and later charged on Wednesday with capital murder in the deaths of 20-year-old Jeremiah Ponce and 26-year-old Thomas Alvarado.

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Ponce and Alvarado were shot around 10 p.m. at the intersection of Aldine Westfield and Parker Roads, according to Houston police. Both men were shot in the chest and found on the ground near the passenger side of the car before being pronounced dead at the scene by Houston Fire Department.

Court documents say the pair attacked Whitten before rounding up a group of friends in a black Ford truck to search for the couple. Whitten found the men at the scene, shot one of the men with an AK-47 as he got out of the passenger seat of a white Honda Accord, then shot the driver as he tried to watch the first victim.

A firearm was found near the body of one of the victims while another weapon was found inside the car on the driver’s side, according to investigators. It is currently unknown whether either of the victims were able to fight back.

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On Wednesday, Harris County Magistrate Jim Callan denied Whitten bail, court records show.

Initially, Whitten’s attorney argued he would be given $45,000 bond, reiterating claims the deceased men attacked Whitten and arguing the fatal shooting was an act of self-defense, records show. .

Whitten is scheduled to appear for the first time before Judge Colleen Gaido of the 337th District Court on Thursday morning, according to court records.

A spokesperson for the Harris County prosecutor’s office on Thursday morning could not confirm whether charges would be brought against the friends Whitten allegedly gathered to help him find Ponce and Alvarado.

No further information is available at this time.

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