Bond set at $100K for man accused in deadly shooting of ex, her new boyfriend

Judge clears courtroom for Darell Mitchells appearance


HOUSTON – A Harris County judge cleared the courtroom Wednesday as the man accused in the double shooting that killed his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend appeared.

The judge set 28-year-old Darrell Mitchell's bond at $100,000.

This all comes after he turned himself in to Houston Police Tuesday after being on the run most of the day. Sources tell Channel 2 that he went to his attorney's home in the afternoon and then surrendered to police at 7 p.m.

Mitchell was reportedly not cooperating with investigators. Sources said he had not given a statement and had not handed over the weapon police believe he used in the crime.

The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Gulf Coast Arms apartments in the 6300 block of Hirsch. Police said Mitchell knocked on the door of the apartment of Lakeisha Lewis, 23.

Mitchell started shooting when Johnel Francis, 24, opened the door, investigators said. Police said Lewis and Francis, who was inside the apartment, were both killed.

"When the officers entered the apartment they found a deceased female and an injured male. The male was transported to the hospital,” HPD Homicide Detective Mike Perez said.

Investigators said Francis and Lewis were found on the bathroom floor. Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene. Francis, who was found unconscious was taken to an area hospital, where he later died, family members said.

According to police, Mitchell and Lewis were in an on-again, off-again relationship for about six years and have three children together, ages 5, 3 and 1. They believe Mitchell may have been jealous over Lewis' new boyfriend, who they believe was the man shot inside the apartment.

The three children were not home at the time, investigators said.

KPRC Channel 2's Jake Reiner spoke with Mitchell's grandmother, who give a different version of the story.

The grandmother — who refused to share her name or appear on camera — said she doesn't believe Mitchell killed the couple.

According to her, Lewis and Mitchell were still dating.

She said her grandchildren were with a babysitter Monday night when the babysitter and Mitchell were having trouble reaching Lewis. 

"So he called the girl back and told her she's not answering, 'I'm a go to the house and get the baby some milk and another pacifier."  

The grandmother said Mitchell left his grey Dodge Avenger, the vehicle police were searching for, at her house. 

The grandmother said she doesn't know who shot Lewis and Francis — she just knows it wasn't her grandson.