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Juvenile suspect involved in Lubbock murder arrested

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By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) –  A third suspect connected to a Lubbock murder is in custody, and the victim's family says they have questions for the people behind bars.  Houston police arrested 17-year-old Clarence King Tuesday afternoon who is now behind bars charged in connection with the May shooting death of Marqus Lewis.

Grateful is the word Glenda Mooney uses to describe hearing that another arrest had been made, but she also says it's like pouring salt in an open wound. "It's just so hard," said Mooney. Not a second goes by that she doesn't think about her nephew, Marqus, who she raised.

"I was so grateful, but on the other hand it felt just like the day I was notified. I just fell apart again," said Mooney almost three months after Marqus was found shot to death.

"In this case the criminals crossed state lines and then came back. The assistance of departments outside the state helped locate this person," said Lt. Neal Barron with the Lubbock Police Department.

At one point authorities believed the two teenage suspects were hiding in New Mexico. Tips from the public pointed Houston police to a relative's apartment where after a short stand-off police put 17-year-old Clarence King behind bars.

"Another outstanding suspect is on the run," said Lt. Barron. Houston authorities believe 15-year-old Jakey Ayers, who is wanted for his involvement, is somewhere in the Houston area.

Charity Wilcots, 21, turned herself into New Mexico authorities and is behind bars in Lubbock on murder charges. Back in July, police arrested Janis Swanson, 53, who they say drove the two teens to the bus stop in Amarillo.

"I'd like to see everyone who supported them with transportation, money, food and board be held accountable," said Mooney. "They may not have the answers but I have questions for them."

Her biggest question is why. She hopes time will heal as she waits for trial. "Maybe we will be able to accept it and not be so angry, because we are angry," said the victim's aunt.

Lubbock detectives are in Houston where they will talk to King and start the process to bring him back.

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