City of Denton, TX

02/29/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/29/2024 21:57

Two Charged with Capital Murder of 16-Year-Old

DENTON, TX, Feb. 29, 2024 - Two people are now facing Capital Murder charges as the Denton Police Department continues to investigate the Feb. 3 shooting death of 16-year-old Ely Mendez Gomez.

Marcus Williams, a 19-year-old from Sanger, was arrested Wednesday afternoon for Murder. Detectives determined that on Saturday, Feb. 3, Williams followed Mendez Gomez's vehicle throughout the night before fatally shooting him near Denia Park.

Williams is dating 17-year-old Gabrielle Cortes, a Denton resident who was in the victim's vehicle when the shooting occurred.

After arresting Williams, detectives continued to investigate the shooting. Further evidence revealed that Cortes had conspired with Williams and planned to rob the victim.

On Thursday afternoon, detectives obtained a Capital Murder arrest warrant for Cortes. She is currently in the City of Denton Jail with bond set at $250,000 after turning herself in on Thursday evening.

Williams' charge will be upgraded to Capital Murder when it is filed with the District Attorney's Office. Williams is in the Denton County Jail with bond set at $500,000.