After a 25-year-old man died from a gunshot wound last week, 26-year-old Brandon Kyrell Jeffery was arrested on a manslaughter charge.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, which the Herald Democrat recently obtained, Devin Wayne Owens was shot in the face on May 5 while inside a 2007 Lincoln car, which was parked outside a Denison bar. Jeffery was allegedly playing with a handgun while in the backseat of the car and shot Owens.
Denison Police responded to a report of a shooting shortly after midnight in the parking lot of Tupelo Honey Bar and Grill on East Woodard Street. In the affidavit prepared by Denison Police Det. John Watt, it states police found Owens lying across the front seat of the vehicle with a gunshot wound to his face.
Owens was transported by helicopter to the Medical Center of Plano in critical condition, and died at 11:20 p.m. on May 9.
When police initially responded to the scene, officers spoke with a female witness who said that she, Owens, Jeffery and two others had previously visited a bar in Sherman before they decided to go to Tupelo in Denison. The witness told police that Owens was driving the vehicle and Jeffery was in the backseat. She noted the group was having a good time, and no negative incidents occurred before the shooting.
After they arrived at the bar and the witness exited the vehicle, she told police she heard the gunshot and saw Owens bleeding from his face. She then went to the bar for help. When she returned, Jeffery had fled the scene.
Police located a Glock 19 9mm handgun and a wallet on the floor of the vehicle. The affidavit states a photo ID card belonging to Jeffery was inside the wallet. Officers went to Jeffery’s residence and made contact. Jeffery went with officers to the police department where he made a statement.
Jeffery told police that the shooting was an accident, and he did not think the gun was loaded. He told police he pointed the gun at Owens and pulled the trigger, according to the affidavit. Jeffery also told police he had consumed five whiskey drinks that night. When police asked him why he fled, he said he panicked.
Jeffery was released after the interview with police and was not charged with a crime that day. After Owens’ death, police obtained an arrest warrant for a charge of manslaughter and Jeffery was arrested.
Jeffery was booked into the Grayson County Jail on May 10, and bond was set at $15,000. He was released the next day.