El Paso Police have charged a Fort Bliss, Texas soldier with murder in the Feb. 8 shooting death of a former Bliss soldier.
Police arrested 23-year-old Sgt. Marcus Lamar Hill for shooting 26-year-old Darion Marquez Williams after a fight broke out in the parking lot of a downtown El Paso-area bar after midnight on Feb. 8, according to an Feb. 11 news release from the City of El Paso.
Williams was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police arrested Hill and Sgt. Brandon Rishad King, 29, of Ft. Bliss at a traffic stop at 2 a.m., the release states.
Hill, who is charged with Williams’ murder, is being held on $750,000 bond. King was charged with unlawfully carrying a handgun and released on personal recognizance, the release states.
Fort Bliss spokeswoman Lt. Col. Allie Payne confirmed that Hill and King were both assigned to Bliss and that Williams was a former soldier at Bliss, according to a Fort Bliss statement.
“This behavior is an affront to the values of the U.S. Army,” Payne said in a statement. “Our sympathies are with those affected by this terrible incident.”
Williams completed his active-duty requirements on Jan. 28, Payne added.
Fort Bliss officials, law enforcement, and Army Criminal Investigation Command are cooperating with the El Paso Police Department’s investigation, Payne said in the statement.
Meanwhile, Army officials in Hawaii charged Spc. Raul Hernandez Perez on Feb. 4 with the murder of his 25-year-old wife, Selena Roth, a former soldier who was found dead Jan. 13 in on-post housing Jan. 13.
Hernandez Perez, 25, who is assigned to the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, had filed for divorce from Roth in October.
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