The robbery and assault that led to the death of Rocky Wayne Marsh, 38, in the parking lot stemmed from an argument between him and James Tyshawn Pinkard, according to the affidavit for arrest.

Pinkard, 21, was arrested and charged with murder along with Shamar Lamar Lewis, 17, and Erica Brownlee, 18, on Friday in connection to Marsh’s death.

All three are held in the Bell County Jail, each on $1 million bond.

Pinkard and Brownlee went to a convenience store, and Pinkard got into an argument with Marsh, according to the affidavit, that led to Marsh pulling out a small knife and Pinkard pulling out a crowbar.

Pinkard and Brownlee then left the scene to pick up Lewis and an unidentified minor, and came back to the area.

Pinkard, Lewis and the minor hit Marsh in the back of the head, and took his phone, knife, lighter and money, Brownlee told police in the affidavit.

Lewis also told police in his interview that he hit the victim with a screwdriver in the back of the head, as well as with a handsaw, police said.

A small handsaw was found in the parking lot by detectives, according to the affidavit, and when Pinkard’s car was later searched, a screwdriver with blood on it was found.

There was also bloodstains found in the backseat, according to the affidavit.

The medical examiner on scene also told detectives it was a stab wound that pierced the heart and lung that caused Marsh’s death, according to the affidavit.

Police were able to identify Pinkard as a person of interest involved in Marsh’s death through security camera footage that captured the license plate number of his car. He was pulled over by police in a traffic stop, and Brownlee was in the passenger seat.

Further specifics about the minor involved in this case were not released. Killeen police spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez said he was taken into custody without incident and held at the Bell County Juvenile Detention center in Friday’s news release.

However, the affidavit does not specify his involvement in the case, only that he was present, then later dropped off by Brownlee and Pinkard.

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

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