Austin Police have charged Derek Lee Wright with the murder of a man near a north Austin apartment on November 5 after receiving a tip on the Homicide Tip Line.
Police received a call just after 11:00 PM of shots fired in the 600 block of Barwood Park. The caller said that someone had been shot. When officers arrived they spoke with the victim, Marcus Johnson.
Johnson told police that two men had robbed him. He also said he recognized one of the suspects as a man he worked with at the Convention Center. Johnson was taken to the hospital where he died several hours later.
The next day a detective answered the Homicide Tip Line and received a tip from a female caller. The caller told the detective that she met up with a man that goes by the initials S.C. the night of the shooting. She claimed the man tried to rob somebody with an accomplice. The caller then stated that S.C. said he recognized the person they were going to rob as a person he worked with. During the robbery, the tipster claimed S.C. said the victim shot at them so his accomplice shot the victim.
Investigators say there is evidence that two guns were fired at the scene.
The tipster provided detectives other information about the man she called S.C. Based on that information they concluded Wright was a possible suspect. Detectives showed the tipster a picture of Wright and she allegedly identified him as the person she knew as S.C.
Detectives also determined that Wright had called the victim just minutes before the shooting. The victim's brother, who was at the apartment with Marcus Johnson before he was shot, stated Johnson had received a call just minutes before the shooting from an unknown person that asked him to come out of the apartment and meet at the dumpster.
On November 11, police arrested Wright on an unrelated warrant. He was questioned the next day by investigators. According to court documents, Wright admitted his phone called Johnson's phone right before the shooting. He declined to answer any more questions.