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Murder suspect shot victim, then beat him in Oak Lawn yard as neighbor filmed, Dallas police say

David Young, 38, was found dead outside an apartment building on Dickason Avenue early Sunday.

Updated at 9 p.m. Sept. 14: Revised throughout to include additional details from an arrest-warrant affidavit.

The suspect in a weekend slaying in Oak Lawn shot and repeatedly hit the victim after the two had gone out drinking and used drugs, Dallas police say.

Officers found David Young, 38, dead in a front yard after they were called to the 4300 block of Dickason Avenue, near Douglas Avenue, about 5:15 a.m. Sunday. A Smith & Wesson revolver was next to his body, with one live round, police said.

Police wrote in an arrest-warrant affidavit that a neighbor heard gunshots and saw a man chase Young into the yard. She started recording the incident with her cellphone as the attacker stood over Young and pummeled him but fled to her car when the man started approaching her.

She called 911 and said a man in a bright green shirt had just killed another man, police said.

Just then, a Dallas police officer had approached a man in a green shirt — later identified as 30-year-old Kamron Michael Bell — who had stepped into traffic at a nearby intersection and was hit by a vehicle.

Bell, who had bloody clothes and hands, was taken to a hospital for an examination, but he had no open wounds, the affidavit says.

Police said a trail of blood led them from Young to an apartment on Dickason Avenue. Inside they found four bullet casings and Bell’s identification, the affidavit says.

Detectives interviewed Bell after he was released from the hospital.

According to the affidavit, he said that he was staying with Young and that the two had gone out for dinner and drinks, then used drugs as they walked back to the apartment. He said he owned a Smith & Wesson revolver, but he said the only other thing he remembered from that night was calling his father.

Bell stopped talking to police after they told him that Young had died, the affidavit says. He was booked into the Dallas County jail on a murder charge.

Bell remained in custody Monday, with bail set at $500,000. An attorney for him could not immediately be reached for comment.

Staff writer LaVendrick Smith contributed to this report.

Dana Branham, Breaking news reporter. Dana is a reporter at The Dallas Morning News covering crime and breaking news. She graduated in 2017 from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied journalism. Before coming to The News in 2018, Dana interned at the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Tulsa World.

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Tom Steele, Breaking News Producer. Tom has covered breaking news for The Dallas Morning News since 2016. He has worked in a number of other capacities for The News since 2007, and he was previously a copy editor at The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla. He has degrees in journalism and economics from Lehigh University.

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