A 12-year-old Texan was found guilty last week of fatally shooting a Sonic Drive-In worker during a parking lot dispute earlier this year.
In Johnson County, following a three-day trial and seven hours of deliberation, jurors reached a verdict, pronouncing the young Fort Worth resident guilty of the murder of 32-year-old Matthew Davis, as announced by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office via a Facebook post on October 8, 2023.
The boy’s identity is protected due to his age. His sentencing is scheduled for Thursday, as disclosed by the sheriff’s office.
The tragic incident unfolded in May 2023 at a Sonic Drive-In located in Keene, approximately 30 miles south of Fort Worth. Police were summoned after reports of a shooting, where they discovered Davis with multiple gunshot wounds. Despite immediate medical attention, Davis succumbed to his injuries.
Investigations indicated that the altercation ensued when 20-year-old Angel Gomez, arriving at the Sonic with two passengers in a car, was confronted by an employee, later identified as Davis, following inappropriate behavior that included urinating in the parking lot.
According to authorities, the confrontation escalated to a physical altercation, prompting the 12-year-old to exit the vehicle and open fire, leading to Davis’s tragic demise. Gomez and the young boy fled the scene, but Gomez later returned and was apprehended by law enforcement. The sheriff’s office identified Gomez as the boy’s uncle.
The minor was later located in Rio Vista, along with several firearms. Both the 12-year-old and Gomez were charged with murder in connection with Davis’ death. The status of Gomez’s case remains unclear.
In the aftermath of Davis’s untimely passing, a GoFundMe campaign was launched by loved ones to support his 10-year-old son.