Bond set at $200K for suspect accused of murdering friend whose body remains missing

Police say suspect admits to his involvement in victim’s death

The suspect, Trevyon Tellis, 27, is charged in the 482nd State District Court with the capital murder of the victim, Daniel Deshawn Brown, 35. (Houston Police Department)

HOUSTON – A suspect has been arrested and charged in connection to the disappearance of 35-year-old Daniel Deshawn Brown, who was reported missing in January, the Houston Police Department confirmed Wednesday.

Trevyon Tellis, 27, has been charged with capital murder. He appeared before a judge Thursday where his bond was set at $200,000.

Brown was last seen near the 5000 block of Washington Ave. on Jan. 25, according to police. Brown’s mother filed a missing person’s report with HPD two days later.

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Believing foul play may have been involved, HPD homicide detectives opened an investigation into Brown’s disappearance.

During the investigation, police discovered, on Jan. 25, Brown was with Tellis at his residence located at 2121 McIlhenny Street. Police said they believe Brown was shot to death at the location around 10 p.m.

Records show that Tellis used Brown’s debit card at several places after that It was also discovered that Tellis pawned multiple items of jewelry that Brown was wearing the night he disappeared. Investigators said Tellis pawned the items the following morning, and used his own Texas ID.

According to court documents, surveillance video from a neighbor’s home showed Tellis and Brown walking into Tellis’ home and the door could be heard closing behind them. Investigators said they could hear the sound of gunshots within seconds of the two men entering.

A search warrant for Tellis’ home was issued. During the search, investigators found several bullet holes in the entryway of the home. Detectives also found Brown’s identification, several of his credit cards and a watch. Traces of blood and other items were also collected as evidence.

Tellis was confronted by detectives during an interview, at which time, he claimed he shot and killed Brown during a fight at the home, documents stated. Tellis said he disposed of Brown’s body but could not provide the location.

Brown’s body has not yet been recovered.

Anyone with additional information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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