After three months on the run, three Lubbock murder suspects are behind bars.
Police arrested 22-year-old Marquise Davis, 21-year-old Whitney Valrie, and 20-year-old Jamin Knighten in three separate traffic stops Wednesday night.
Thursday morning all three were arraigned on murder charges for the October murder of 40-year-old Monty Edler.
The arraignment is the culmination of several months of police work. In that, time investigators produced enough evidence to get three murder indictments from a grand jury on Tuesday. The indictments remained sealed until Thursday, when the suspects walked into court.
Judge Jim Hansen called Davis, Valrie, and Knighten before his bench. Hansen read each of the men their rites.
"You have the right to remain silent; you're not required to make any statements. Any statements you make can be used as evidence against you in the court of law," Judge Hansen said.
The sealed indictments were then opened for the first time. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Bassett read each aloud.
"In Lubbock County, Texas Marquise Davis here after styled the defendant, here to for on or about the 25th day of October," Bassett said.
The men are charged in the death of Monty Edler. Authorities found Edler's body outside a co-worker's apartment at 40th and Chicago in October. They say the men kicked in Nicholas Blackburn's door. Blackburn was also injured, but was treated and released from University Medical Center the same day. Investigators say Edler was beaten with a bottle. He died at UMS five days later.
Then Wednesday night officers, after following leads, arrested the suspects in three different traffic stops.
Back in the courtroom Judge Hansen said, "Jamin you are charged with offense of murder."
Detectives then escorted the three out of the courthouse and to the Lubbock County Jail.
Edler's family declined to be interviewed but said, "We are glad the justice system is working and just want to see justice done."
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