Murder, arson suspect surrenders

Kelvin Muckelroy's family says "his death was one of the most brutal."
Kelvin Muckelroy's family says "his death was one of the most brutal."

By LaKecia Shockley - bio | email
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GREGG COUNTY (KLTV) - One of the men wanted in an East Texas murder and arson is now behind bars.

Toronto Lockridge, also known as "Trigger", was taken into custody by Longview police around 2:30am Sunday.

Lockridge is one of two suspects accused of shooting Kelvin Muckelroy and then setting his house on fire.

Kelvin Muckelroy's family says "his death was one of the most brutal."

Muckelroy was shot in the head, and then his house was set on fire with him inside.

"This is so devastating  to my family because we never expected anything like this to even happen," said Mary Candie, Muckleroy's aunt.

Police say, Brandon Horne and Toronto Lockridge are responsible for the fire and the shooting death of Muckelroy.

Court documents show it was all over a money dispute.

Horne turned himself into police, but it took extra effort from Longview police to get Lockrdige to surrender, and it all went down in the IHOP parking lot in Longview.

IHOP employees, who didn't want to go on camera, tell us Lockridge was parked in a vehicle in the parking lot early Sunday morning. That's when all of a sudden, police units swarmed and arrested him.

It turns out police had been in contact with Lockridge for the last couple of days, trying to get him to turn himself in.

Now, that the two suspects are behind bars. It's justice for Muckelroy's hurt family, still trying to heal from a tragic lost.

"When you lose a child, you don't never know how a person feels until you lose one. He just wanted to change himself in general, you know as a man and you can commend a man for wanting to change," said Candie.

Lockridge is in jail on $150,000 bonds for murder and arson. The other suspect, Brandon Horne, is in jail on a $50,000 dollar bond charged with arson.

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