Jaylan Celestine (b/m, 18) is charged with capital murder in the 209th State District Court. Phaezon Tyrese Stewart (b/m, 20) is charged with capital murder in the 232nd State District court. Both are accused in the shooting death of Carlos Pena, 52, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting call at a convenience store at the above address and found two men with gunshot wounds behind the store. HFD paramedics transported the males to different area hospitals. Pena was pronounced deceased, while the other, 49, suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.
Witnesses reported hearing at least three gunshots.
The suspects, described only as two black males, fled the scene in a newer model, dark-colored or black sedan.
Further investigation identified Celestine and Stewart as suspects in this case. On April 28, 2020, Celestine was arrested and admitted to his role in the shootings. On June 16, Stewart was arrested and also admitted to his role in the shootings. Both suspects stated they targeted the victims because they knew when they were getting paid.
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.