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A Houston man accused of killing a 10-month-old child while shooting at the infant’s father will remain in isolation in the Harris County jail without bail, a judge ruled Thursday.
Kravon Human, a 20-year-old who lives in southwest Houston, appeared handcuffed in an orange jail uniform before state District Judge Jan Krocker on a charge of capital murder.
Human is accused with two other men of opening fire on a father in a parking lot while the man held his baby. The child, Messiah Marshall, was hit by a bullet as his father tried to flee gunmen on June 14 near Nob Hill Apartments on North Braeswood. He died at a nearby Valero gas station.
The judge did not say why Human was put in isolation, but she cautioned him not to contact the victim’s family. Enhanced security measures were also taken to keep Human separate from the two other suspects in the case.
It is not unusual to keep multiple suspects in a crime separate for security reasons and to keep them from talking to each other about the case.
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In court, prosecutors detailed the allegations, saying the father, Nigel Marshall, was walking with his son when three men approached and began firing multiple rounds.
At least two witnesses saw Human fleeing the scene. One saw him holding a gun, prosecutors said.
Prosecutor Ryan Trask said authorities believe all three men are in custody.
Along with Human, Jared Balogun remains in the jail without bail. He also appeared Thursday before Krocker, who appointed attorney Anthony Osso to represent him. Balogun has been in custody for a week without hiring a lawyer.
The 24-year-old was also ordered not to contact the victim’s family.
A third suspect who has not been publicly identified is in jail accused of different charges in another case, Trask said.
Noting the intense emotions surrounding the case, the judge also admonished the families of both suspects, who were sitting the in the courtroom gallery, not to contact any member of the victim’s family.
Trask, the prosecutor, said investigators believe Human and Balogun were the gunmen.
Police are still unclear about what led to the shooting, but said the violence may have been in retaliation to a previous altercation with the boy’s father and could be gang-related.
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