HOUSTON - Charges have been filed on Thursday against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a University of Houston student on Dec. 18, 2011 in south Houston, police said.
Rodrick Damion Mitchell, 36, also known as Damion Latroy Mitchell, is charged with capital murder in the 338th state District Court. He is accused in the killing of Hao Anh Huynh, 22, a senior biology major at UH.
According to the investigators with the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division, officers responded to a loud noise complaint at about 2:35 a.m. at the Catalina Village Apartments in the 3500 block of Dixie Drive and heard several gun shots in the area when they arrived.
Officers located the victim, Huynh, in a courtyard of the apartment complex, police said. He had been shot twice and was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators interviewed witnesses who said a male suspect left the scene driving a white Chevrolet car. Investigators requested the HPD Crime Lab to test some of the evidence found at the scene for DNA.
The Crime Lab notified investigators that DNA evidence in this case led to a CODIS, or Combined DNA Index System, hit from the Texas Department of Public Safety. On March 20, investigators learned the hit identified Mitchell’s DNA on one of the articles tested.
Witnesses were then contacted and identified Mitchell as the person they saw leaving the apartment complex moments after the shooting, police said.
Investigators and officers with the South Central Patrol Division Tactical Unit arrested Mitchell on Tuesday without incident.