Final Suspect Arrested in Tyler Murder Case

Posted/updated on: June 27, 2013 at 2:10 pm

browningmugtpdTYLER — The fourth and final suspect in the June 15th homicide at Tyler’s American Inn Motel has been taken into custody. Michael Tekielleon Browning, 34, of Tyler, was arrested around 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the America’s Best Value Inn at I-20 and Hwy. 155 North. Tyler police and U.S. Marshals collaborated in the arrest. The third suspect surrendered to authorities around 4:00 Tuesday afternoon. Broderick Lavar Smith was taken into custody at the Tyler police department. Monday morning, Lawrence Murphy, 20, turned himself in at the police department. Darian Pilkinton, 18, of Tyler, turned himself in Friday.

All of the suspects are accused of taking part in the murder of 26 year old Scott Lester of Tyler. It is believed Lester was involved in the sale of narcotics in his motel room before he was killed. Surveillance video obtained from the motel indicates that four black males walked onto the motel property and went to the victim’s room. Two suspects entered Lester’s room while the two other suspects remained outside as lookouts. Investigators determined that Lester and two other subjects were in the room at the time of the shooting. After gunfire erupted and Lester was shot, all four suspects ran from the scene towards West Erwin Street.

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