Juvenile to be tried as adult: Demarion Pullom charged in security guard’s death

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 6, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

The 16-year-old charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a security guard will be tried as an adult, authorities said.

Demarion Pullom, 16, was arrested Tuesday along with Corey Pullom, 18, and charged with the shooting death of Steven James Aguero, 35. The incident occurred

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Monday night at Jim Minor Garden Homes in the Selmont community.

The young men were brought before District Judge Robert Armstrong for a bond hearing Wednesday morning. Armstrong appointed both men attorneys and set Demarion Pullom’s bail at $500,000. Corey Pullom’s bail was set at $300,000. Both remained in the Dallas County Jail late Wednesday.

District Attorney Michael Jackson said people in the community “are tired of this” kind of behavior.

“These gunslingers that are shooting and committing murder need to grab their suitcases because we are going to make sure they get a one way ticket to prison,” Jackson said.

Aguero, who lived in the complex and worked as an armed security guard for Globe Security, called police before 10 p.m. Monday night to report two young women fighting. Police arrived and arrested 19-year-old Celleste Coleman and a 16-year-old female. They were charged with disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment.

Police were called again after 10 p.m. when Aguero reported several people assaulted him, beating and kicking him. As he was giving a statement to police shots rang out and Aguero was hit in the chest. Despite efforts to revive him, Aguero reportedly died at the scene. Authorities said Sgt. Tommy Webber was standing beside him and was forced to take cover behind his patrol car.

Selma’s elected officials held a news conference and spoke out against the incident, declaring such disregard for law enforcement as “unacceptable.”