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“John Gotti” gets life without parole for Houston slayings

April 15, 2019 

A gang member known on the streets as “John Gotti” was sentenced to life in prison for the slaying of three people during a home invasion, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said Monday.

“The jury agreed that this man is too dangerous to be on our streets, or the streets of any community, ever again,” Ogg said.

Brodrick Bell, 24, was convicted for a 2015 home invasion in which everyone in a north Houston apartment was shot in the head.

“The brutality was so extreme; they executed everybody there,” said Assistant District Attorney Keri Fuller, who prosecuted the case. “This was a very well planned and pre-mediated attack.”

Among the dead was Kiara Jackson, 22, who lived in the apartment and her boyfriend, DeMarquise Edwards, 23.

Edwards was known in the neighborhood for selling codeine syrup.  

Also killed was Terrell Paynes, 20, a college student home from California on Spring Break. After the murders, Bell and two other men stole cash, drugs, at least one cellular phone and a wallet before fleeing.

The case was investigated by the Houston Police Department Homicide Division’s Gang Murder Squad. Bell was convicted by a jury and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

Celvin Wayne Brooks, 21, was also convicted in the slayings last year and given the same sentence. A third defendant awaits trial. 

The case was prosecuted by Fuller and Assistant District Attorney Ryan Trask.