HPD: 2 women arrested, charged in fatal shooting of cab driver in southwest Houston

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on March 3, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 3 at 8:01 PM

HOUSTON – Houston police arrested and charged two women last Friday in connection with the shooting death of a cab driver in southwest Houston. The most recent arrests bring the total of suspects arrested in the case to four.

Donalvon Odell Rhyne, 52, was found shot in his cab in the 7800 block of Brompton in the early morning hours of Feb. 20.  An investigation revealed the shooting occurred during a robbery the night before. The United Taxi Cab driver had dropped someone off when two men approached and robbed, or tried to rob, him, police said.

Rhyne fought back and was shot, police said. Rhyne’s wife of 25 years said he’d had trouble before as a cab driver, but never anything violent.

Jock Wilson, 28, was taken into custody last Tuesday by the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force.  The next day, investigators also tracked down his alleged accomplice, 23-year-old Jermaine Palmer, who was taken into custody in Austin County and extradited back to Harris County.

Wilson and Palmer were both charged with capital murder.

Further investigation identified Latoya Palmer (Jermaine Palmer’s sister) and Marquisha Williams as additional suspects in the case. Both women were arrested without incident and they were both charged with capital murder.  

Investigator said surveillance cameras show a five-to seven-minute argument between Rhyne and the male suspects, before a struggle ensued, followed by a single gunshot. Police said they believe Palmer pulled the trigger.

Investigators said Wilson’s palm print was found in the cab and that the suspects tried to use Rhyne’s credit cards at a Walmart and then online.

They said the two women were in the getaway vehicle.

Police also said they’ve now linked the four to at least three other aggravated robberies and believe there may be more victims.

Outside the courtroom a family member of one of the suspects, Wilson, expressed condolences.

“He wasn’t raised like that at all, he was raised to earn his money the right way,” said Erica Wilson, his aunt. “We had a loved one that was murdered also and we don’t know who did it. So when Jock was turned in it wasn’t to hurt Jock, it was to help Jock.”

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