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Man accused of killing a mother over cellphone appears in court

HOUSTON – A man accused of shooting and killing a mother Saturday after she refused to let him use her cellphone appeared in court Monday.

Dondrick Dejuan Flagg, 28, is charged with capital murder in connection with the death of 29-year-old Tiffany McKnight.   

VIDEO: Dondrick Flagg appears in court

Investigators were called around 10:30 p.m. to the Reed Parque Townhomes in southeast Houston. Police said the McKnight went to the store to buy some items for dinner. When she returned home, Flagg approached  her and asked to use her cellphone, police said.

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When McKnight refused, Flagg dragged her from the car and the two struggled, police said. At some point, Flagg fired several shots, hitting McKnight in the shoulder, according to police. The bullet exited through her chest, police said.

McKnight was pronounced dead at the scene. Several bullet casings were found near her body.

She leaves behind a 9-year-old son, who is an honor roll student, according to her friends.

A weapon was recovered from the scene, police said. 

Witnesses told police a suspicious man had been hanging around the complex before the shooting.

Houston homicide detectives  located Flagg near the complex and arrested him after he ran and then struggled with officers, hitting one in the face, according to court documents. 

Officers said they saw they found a semi-automatic weapon after they saw Flagg pull a pistol from his pants and throw it into a bush.

Flagg is being held in a Harris County jail with no bond.