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August 27th, 2009
San Marcos police arrest two in homicide

Quenten Rashad Taylor, left, and Zackhary Allen James, right.


San Marcos police arrested two men Wednesday evening and charged them with murder in connection with the city’s first homicide since January 2008.

Police arrested 20-year-old Zackhary Allen James, of Luling, Wednesday evening at the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD). Police also arrested 21-year-old Quenten Rashad Taylor of San Marcos at a San Marcos area apartment Wednesday evening.

Both have been charged with murder, a first degree felony. They are being held at the Hays County Law Enforcement Center under $750,000 bond for James and $500,000 bond for Taylor.

“We are relieved to have these suspects in custody,” SMPD Commander Terry Nichols said.

Police said James confessed to shooting San Marcos resident Byron Burse numerous times in the victim’s Linda Drive apartment near midnight on Tuesday after Taylor kicked down the apartment door down. The shooting stemmed from an altercation between James and the victim that occurred earlier in the evening at the apartment complex.

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are anticipated.

Police responded to the Kelsea’s Place Apartments at 518 Linda Drive just after midnight Wednesday, when callers reported hearing gunshots in the complex.

Police found Burse, 30, in his apartment suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Burse was transported to Central Texas Medical Center by San Marcos/Hays County EMS, where he was later pronounced dead. The victim’s wife was in the apartment at the time of the shooting and was not harmed.

Police ask anyone with information on this crime to call the SMPD Criminal Investigation Division at (512) 753-2300 or (512) 753-2108.

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9 thoughts on “San Marcos police arrest two in homicide

  1. This was my cousin and i am so thankful that these cowards were caught. My the suffer for the rest of their lives in jail. Death is too good for them.

  2. Get used to this people. This isn’t the quaint San Marcos of yester-year. The more population the more crimes are going to happen. Yes even murder in San Marcos, sad but true.

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