Two men out on bond in separate murder cases were taken into custody in connection with the killing of a deputy in Texas, authorities said.
Ashim Taylor Jr. and Jayland Womack, both 20, each faces a murder charge for the slaying of Omar Ursin on Aug. 29.
That evening around 6:30 p.m., the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office responded to a report of shots fired and an injured person in a crashed vehicle in Atascocita, KPRC-TV reported.
Police at the scene found Deputy Ursin, 37, suffering a gunshot wound in a vehicle that had crashed into a tree. Ursin, who reportedly was on his way home after getting food for his family, was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.
Witnesses told investigators that a dark-colored four-door sedan with tinted windows drove up alongside Ursin and someone shot into the deputy’s vehicle before fleeing.
Prosecutors told the court a check of GPS monitors in the area around the time of the incident allegedly showed Taylor and Womack were in the vicinity of where Ursin was shot. “The GPS monitoring system showed them at the scene of the murder — not at home, at a job or with their family,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.
At the time of their arrests for Ursin’s murder, both Taylor and Womack were out on bond in connection with two other killings.
In June 2021, Taylor is accused of fatally shooting a man during an attempted robbery. His bond has now been reset to $2 million with an additional $1 million for a tampering charge, according to KPRC-TV.
Womack and another suspect allegedly killed a man on Jan. 2, 2021. His bond has now been increased to $2 million.