Double Murder Under I-10 East Overpass Shakes Houston Community

Double Murder Under I-10 East Overpass Shakes Houston Community

Houston: According to Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, a Houston man who killed his friend in 2022 received a 35-year prison sentence.

After an eight-day trial, a Harris County jury found Angelo Britton guilty and sentenced him on Monday for shooting and killing 43-year-old father Edward Gray on May 12, 2022.

“This was a senseless murder that not only left a son without a father but left an entire family without a beloved family member,” Ogg said. “Gun violence like this is so insidious because it doesn’t just hurt one family, it damages the fabric of our entire community.”

On the night of the murder, Britton and Gray were traveling beneath an overpass at Beltway 8 and I-10 East when Britton stopped the silver sedan for what appeared to be a mechanical problem.

Britton took out a revolver and shot Gray once in the heart after they had both got out of the car to look at the issue. Gray was left lifeless on the roadway as he departed the scene.

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Drivers who spotted Gray’s body and heard the shooting immediately alerted the police. When deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the site, they found surveillance tape from a nearby residence that showed the vehicle halting at the underpass.

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Detectives discovered Gray had visited a convenience shop earlier in the day after conducting more inquiries. The store’s security camera captured Gray getting into Britton’s vehicle. Britton’s mobile tracking data also verified their activities, including the halt at the underpass.

Following the murder, Britton was prosecuted and taken into custody for aggravated assault, for which she was on deferred adjudication probation at the time.

Uncertainty surrounds the murderer’s motivation. In a victim impact statement given during the sentencing, a family spokesman for Gray referred to Britton as a “monster masquerading as a friend.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Jay Gordon and Charles Hagerman, who were both part of the DA’s Trial Bureau. They praised the Sheriff’s Office for their prompt action and exhaustive investigation, which resulted in the discovery of the victim’s DNA in Britton’s vehicle.

Before being eligible for release, Britton must complete at least half of his prison term.

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