Suspect arrested in connected with shooting death of Fort Bend County businessman

STAFFORD, Texas – Stafford Police say they are questioning a suspect in connection with the death of a well-known Fort Bend County businessman.

Eric Norris, 25, was arrested on the north side of Houston by the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force in the shooting death of 45-year-old Donald Leonetti. Leonetti died two weeks ago after being shot during a robbery at a high stakes poker game.

News of the arrest is travelling fast in this close-knit community.

"You are always concerned that someone is going to get away with something so tragic," said Roque Baekar.

Like so many other friends of Leonetti, Baeker is still dealing with the sudden loss of his friend.

"He was always interested in bettering, not just the people he was around, it could be anybody," Baekar said. "He ran his business, but he ran his business to help others, too."

Leonetti was a fixture in the Fort Bend County business community. For 25 years, his Leonetti Graphics kept businesses, sports teams, schools and others in T-shirts and signs.

Leonetti enjoyed participating in private poker games, including one hosted by a friend on July 17. That is where two masked gunmen broke in to the invitation only game waving rifles.

Shots were fired and Leonetti was killed and 56-year-old Charles Olsen was injured.

"The fact that they got him (the suspect) so quickly is nice. All of us were concerned that they would not even be able to find them. It is nice to know. You always want to put a face to who would do something like this," said Baeker.

Stafford Police say the suspect is expected to be formally charged shortly and will likely be arraigned on murder charges Friday in Fort Bend County Court.


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