Court documents show alleged events in fatal shooting, stabbing in south Abilene

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Court documents offer alleged details about the stabbing and shooting that led to the Jan. 20 death of Samuel Shawn Berry in south Abilene, the city's first homicide in 2022.

Abilene police who arrived at a disturbance in the 200 block of Miss Ellie Lane just after midnight reported finding a woman on a living room couchwith a gunshot wound and a deceased man "covered in blood" lying face up on a bed, the documents said.

The man was identified as Berry, 53, and a resident of the house, the document said.

Matthew Marquez
Matthew Marquez

At the scene, police found a straight-edge razor, spent slug and spent shell case near the residence entryway, as well as suspected blood in several areas of the house, the document said.

The 43-year-old woman told police that Matthew Marquez, 37, her husband, stabbed a 32-year-old man at the residence during a verbal argument. After the stabbing, the man said he was going to kill Marquez, the document said.

While the victim was in a bathroom cleaning his wound, the woman located the man's firearm. She was taking it to her vehicle "to lock the firearm away" when she was confronted by Marquez, the document said.

Marquez allegedly took the gun from the woman and pointed it at Berry, her brother, and shot him "multiple times," the woman told police. When the woman intervened, Marquez shot her, the document said.

Police detained Marquez at the scene. The woman and stabbing victim were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to an earlier police news release.

Marquez was charged with first-degree felony murder and two counts of first-degree felony aggravated assault family violence. He remains in the Taylor County Jail, and his bonds total $250,000, according to jail records.

Laura Gutschke is a general assignment reporter and food columnist and manages online content for the Reporter-News. If you appreciate locally driven news, you can support local journalists with a digital subscription to ReporterNews.com.

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