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3 charged in death of Devin Newson in Longview

By Meredith Shamburger
Aug. 10, 2016 at 11:52 p.m.

From left, Brenndrick Keasan Lilly, Kentrell Jorail Smith and Kambresha Shante Williams.

Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of two men and a woman, charged with murder in the death of Devin Newson who family and friends remember as a "respectable young man."

Longview residents Brenndrick Kesean Lilly, 21, Kentrell Jorail Smith, 20, and Kambresha Shante Williams, 21, have been charged with murder in the May shooting death at a Food Fast convenience store.

Lilly and Williams were booked into the Gregg County Jail, with bond set at $500,000 each. Smith was being held in the Dallas County Jail, awaiting extradition to Gregg County.

Longview police Chief Mike Bishop announced the arrests of Lilly and Smith at a news conference Wednesday morning, before announcing the arrest of Williams later that day in a video posted to Facebook.

"This case is still under investigation; it's still moving forward, and as we have additional information that we can release, we'll bring that forward at the particular time that we can release that information," Bishop said in the video.

Police responded to a shooting about 1:55 a.m. May 23 at a convenience store in the 3300 block of South Eastman Road near Interstate 20. Upon arrival, police found Newson dead near a vehicle in the parking lot.

Friends of Newson and his family described the 20-year-old as a "respectable young man" who never got into trouble.

Family friend Sharon Kennedy said in May that Newson used to turn up at her house, which was around the corner from his in Lakeport, in basketball shorts and cowboy boots — a reminder of how much he loved the country.

"He loved horses, and he loved everything country," she said.

Officers with the Dallas Police Department arrested Smith on Monday after Longview police had learned he was in that area and coordinated with Dallas to get an arrest warrant for him.

On Tuesday afternoon, Longview police arrested Lilly at Jordan and Edwards streets in South Longview. In addition to the murder charge, Lilly also has been charged with a parole violation out of Morris County for unlawfully carrying a weapon.

A search warrant connected to the shooting also was served Tuesday at a home in the 900 block of South 14th Street in Longview.

While Bishop was giving the news conference on the arrests of Smith and Lilly on Wednesday, investigators were trying to find a third suspect in the case — Williams — and then did, Bishop said.

Bishop declined Wednesday to discuss details of the investigation, including possible motives or what led police to the suspects they eventually arrested on murder charges.

"That's still part of the investigation," he said. "The evidence that was obtained led us to these individuals, and I'm not going to go into detail on just exactly what that evidence consisted of."

Bishop encouraged anyone with information about Newson's death to call Detective Terry Davis at (903) 237-1157 or to leave an anonymous tip with Gregg County Crime Stoppers at (903) 236-7867.

Newson's death marked Longview's fourth homicide in 2016. This year's homicide investigations include the deaths of:

Tony Bernard Nelson, 20, who was found dead inside a home in the 1600 block of 12th Street in January. No arrests have been made in that case.

Dekeilen Joe Nelson and Kevin Lorenzo Stephenson, who were found near railroad tracks in an industrial area off of Estes Parkway in March.

Craig Deallen Davison, 50, Patricia Francine Baker, 19, and Dustin Charles Bennett, 36, have been arrested in connection with the deaths of Nelson and Stephenson. Bennett has been indicted on a capital murder charge. Davison and Baker have been indicted on charges of aggravated kidnapping.

Joseph Acles, 26, and Quincy Williams, 21, who were found shot to death at a house on Timpson Street in late July. No arrests have been made in that case.

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