Grand jury to hear murder case

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 1, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

The case of a 16-year-old juvenile and an 18-year-old charged in the shooting death of a Selmont security guard will be heard by a Dallas County grand jury.

District Judge Robert Armstrong ordered the case bound over following a preliminary hearing recently in the shooting which the youths opened fire on the guard and police officers at Jim Minor Garden Homes the night of June 4.

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They have both been charged with murder. The 16-year-old will be tried as an adult, authorities said.

Demarion Pullom, 16, was arrested the next day along with Corey Pullom, 18, and charged with the shooting death of Steven James Aguero, 35. The incident occurred after 10 p.m. in the Jim Minor Homes parking lot.

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

District Attorney Michael Jackson said people in the community “are tired of this” kind of behavior, and his office wanted to ensure some prison time for both youths.

Aguero, who lived in the complex with his family and worked as an armed security guard for Globe Security, called police before 10 p.m. that 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 were fired at him and Sgt. Tommy Webber. Aguero was hit in the chest. Despite efforts to revive him, Aguero reportedly died at the scene. Authorities said 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 the disregard for law enforcement as “unacceptable” behavior, standing in support of police officers.