AUSTIN, Texas — A third man has been arrested on allegations that he conspired to kill a Texas judge outside her home last year.
Marcellus Burgin, who lives in suburban Houston, was taken into custody late Monday in New Orleans. Federal agents spotted Burgin in Houston last week, but he fled in a vehicle and by foot to elude them, according to a statement Tuesday by the U.S. attorney’s office in San Antonio.
State District Judge Julie Kocurek was shot Nov. 6 as she sat in a car outside her home. She recovered from her wounds and has since returned to work.
Federal prosecutors say various fraudulent financial schemes being run by Burgin, 28-year-old Chimene Onyeri and 24-year-old Rasul Scott was going to be disrupted by Onyeri’s sentencing for a larceny conviction, so the trio went after the judge.
In an indictment released last week, federal prosecutors said the trio’s schemes went from 2012 to 2015 in Austin, Houston and various parts of Louisiana. One involved using debit card readers and cameras that allowed them to steal personal banking information, according to the indictment.
The three face charges that include wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Onyeri has been indicted on additional charges that include conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
Onyeri, from Houston, and Scott, who lived in the New Orleans metro area, previously were taken into custody.
The indictment alleges Onyeri purchased gloves, clothes and a hotel room with stolen money in the days before Kocurek was shot.
An Austin-area attorney for Onyeri did not respond Tuesday to a phone message seeking comment. Federal court records did not indicate attorneys for Burgin and Scott.