A suspect has been charged with the murder of a Houston-area gay man, and he's reportedly the best friend of the victim's boyfriend.
Sheriff's deputies in Tippecanoe County, Ind., arrested David James Brown (above, right), 22, Tuesday night, reports the Lafayette Journal & Courier, an Indiana newspaper. They had received a tip that he might be hiding out in a home in a rural part of the county, and they followed him from that house to the town of Delphi, where he was arrested in a CVS parking lot.
A warrant from Montgomery County, Texas, charges Brown with capital murder in the death of Marc Pourner (above, left), 28. Pourner's body was found near his burned-out truck southeast of Conroe, Texas, over the weekend. Pourner had reportedly been bound and gagged, and there were signs of blunt force trauma to his head.
Pourner's father said Brown was the best friend of his son's boyfriend, Houston TV station KTRK reports. Pourner's family and friends have said he was an open and generous man, and that may have led to people -- perhaps including the suspect -- taking advantage of him. They also believe he was targeted for being gay.
"We didn't need to suspect," Pourner's father, Mark, told the station. "We had information that told us exactly what happened when the incident occurred."
Montgomery County sheriff's detectives, however, said it was too early to determine a motive. They had gone to Indiana to interview Brown, who was fighting extradition to Texas, the Journal & Courier reports.
Brown has been charged with felonies several times and served a prison sentence for burglary and unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to Houston station KHOU. Conviction on a charge of capital murder in Texas can bring the death penalty.
Pourner's family members plan to establish a scholarship fund in his memory to assist LGBT students. Family and friends held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night to remember him; watch coverage below.