2 men arrested on capital murder charges after fatal shooting at illegal Dallas game room
Two men were arrested after police claimed they killed a man while robbing a playroom in Pleasant Grove last weekend.
Roman Arielyus Lynn Davis, 19, and Anthony Cain Sheckells, 27, each face the death penalty in the fatal shooting of Demarcus Thurman early Saturday.
Dallas police were called shortly after 4 a.m. that day to a shop on the 8200 block of Scyene Road that had allegedly been turned into an illegal playroom. Thurman, 29, who was shot in the chest, was lying on the floor and was pronounced dead minutes later.
Detectives wrote on an affidavit that they spoke to a witness who said that Thurman, who was working on the door that night, let in two men who appeared to know him.
One of the men – whom police claim is Davis – pulled out a pistol and asked Thurman for money, the witness said. After Thurman handed over some money, the men got into a fight and the robber, who police identified as Davis, fired a shot and hit Thurman, the affidavit reads.
The men then fled and, according to an affidavit, fired several shots at the door of the playroom.
Police wrote in the affidavit that surveillance videos from the playroom showed Thurman handing over money at gunpoint, but the video stopped playing before the shooting.
When detectives notified Thurman’s wife of the murder, she asked her to describe the robbers. After hearing their physical descriptions, she pulled up Sheckell’s profile on Facebook, the affidavit said.
She told the detectives that men she described sounded identical to Sheckells and his brother, with whom Thurman had had problems for several years. Facebook profiles and public records indicate that Davis and Sheckell are siblings.
Davis and Sheckells were taken into custody Wednesday. When police searched the house they were in, they reported they found a Sheckells black hoodie that had blood on its sleeves and other clothing that matched what they saw on the surveillance video, it said the affidavit.
They stayed in Dallas County Jail on Friday, on bail of $ 1 million each.
At the time of the shooting, Davis was serving a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to two attacks in a 2019 incident, as well as independent evasion charges, court records show. In the attack, he was charged with threatening a relative and a man with a gun.
Sheckells has been on parole on two separate cases: a 2019 drug possession charge based on an incident in which Davis was also arrested, and a 2016 incident accused of robbing a man on the knife date , and had a lesser charge of theft according to court records.