A 19-year-old Texas man was released from jail after violating a protective order earlier this month, then days later, shot his ex-girlfriend and killed her friend, authorities said.
Dontay Barlow was arrested on April 3 after violating the protective order, which was in place to protect his ex-girlfriend, according to Beaumont Police.
Barlow was released on a $5,000 bond the following day, authorities said.
The protective order came after the couple’s relationship ended last year and Barlow continued to stalk the woman from July to September 2020, 12 News Now reported.
Barlow was accused of stalking, watching his ex-girlfriend and slashed her tires, police said.
When he was released from jail on April 4, his ex-girlfriend heard the news and decided to stay at a friend’s apartment, authorities stated.
On April 6, Barlow went to that friend’s apartment and shot the friend when he answered the door, police said. He then shot his ex-girlfriend in the chest.
Beaumont Police were called to the apartment complex around 7:15 a.m. on April 6 for a report of shots being fired.
Once officers arrived, police found the body of a 19-year-old man and a wounded 18-year-old woman, authorities said.
According to police, Daniel Anres Muniz, Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene and the ex-girlfriend was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.
Witnesses told police Barlow shot the woman and her male friend and fled in a pickup truck.
Meanwhile, police said they located Barlow on the south end of Beaumont and took him into custody without further incident.
Barlow has remained in jail since April 6, but he has now been indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on a first-degree murder charge and a second-degree aggravated assault-family violence charge, police said.
He remains in jail on a bond totaling $1.65 million.