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Samaritan death suspect had fled halfway house

Samaritan death suspect had fled halfway house
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 4:35am

Man had several warrants issued since his parole last year

Houston---A man accused of gunning down a Good Samaritan who intervened during an purse snatching last week had been on the run since October when he fled from a Houston halfway house.

Anthony Ray Ferrell, 39, was arrested Sunday and charged with capital murder in the slaying of Sam Irick, 24, at a Chevron station in the Meyerland area. He is in the Harris County jail without bail.

Ferrell has a Harris County criminal record going back almost 20 years. In 1993, he was sentenced to 20 years for armed robbery. He was paroled in 2009 but was identified last June as a parole absconder.

State officials filed at least two more arrest warrants for other parole violations. In October, Ferrell was again taken into custody and sent to a state-contracted halfway house in the 10900 block of Beaumont Highway.

On Monday, the details on what led officials to file the parole warrants were not available.

To read more on this story, head to The Houston Chronicle's website: www.chron.com

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