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Port Arthur man indicted for murder in shooting which led to crash on Memorial Drive

PAPD walked murder suspect James Joseph Levron to a police car for the ride to jail on Jan. 26 (KFDM/Fox 4 file photo)

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted a man for murder in the Jan. 25 killing of Jose Leal.

James Joseph Levron, 25, of Port Arthur, was indicted Wednesday.

Police are still looking for a second suspect - David Earl Broadus - in Leal's killing.

Leal was shot while inside of a vehicle, which resulted in a multiple-vehicle crash on Memorial Boulevard. He later died at a local hospital from his injury.

Levron, according to a probable cause affidavit, was identified through surveillance at the Lowe's Home Improvement store on Memorial Boulevard. He is the boyfriend of an employee there, who told investigators that he'd come to the store to borrow her vehicle.

The affidavit says he told investigators that while he was in the store with his friends, they spotted someone they believed burglarized Levron's vehicle in Groves.

The group chased the man in the parking lot before pulling alongside him further down the road, according to the affidavit.

"They went to the south side of the (Lowe's) parking lot to confront the male, but he fled," the affidavit states. "They gave chase. According to Levron, they never stopped. Levron admits to flashing his lights and honking the horn in an effort to get the male to stop. He stated if the male pulled over they were going to ask him about the auto burglary and assault him. While pulled alongside the white sedan, Levron states the friend in the front seat pulled out a handgun and attempted to fire a shot at a tire but missed. He then fired another round, which went through the driver's side window striking Leal. Levron claims he did not know the friend had a firearm. Levron drove the vehicle away where he dropped the friends off at a local business."

The affidavit notes Levron had more than 24 hours to contact law enforcement about the incident, even admitting to seeing the news coverage.

RELATED: PAPD arrests suspect in shooting death


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