Man gets 60 years in deadly Howe highway shooting

A Grayson County murder trial stemming from a road rage shooting four years ago could be coming...
A Grayson County murder trial stemming from a road rage shooting four years ago could be coming to a close.
Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 6:41 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2021 at 8:39 PM CDT
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - A Kansas City man on trial for murder for shooting a Houston man on a Grayson County highway in 2017 now knows his fate.

Four years ago, on an evening in late August, Howe Police responded to a call on U.S. 75.

When they got there, they said they discovered their first murder in 25 years.

“Tahbari Collins of Houston had been shot and killed in what appeared to have been a drive-by shooting on the highway,” said Sgt. Keith Milks with the Howe Police Department.

Collins was a passenger in the car

Two other people were with him.

Police think it all started because of a drug deal in Tushka, Oklahoma.

They said 29-year-old Kelvon Gray of Kansas City sold $10 worth of marijuana at a gas station to someone in the same car as Collins.

Police said they weren’t sure who was buying it, but that person left without paying.

“The other individual in that drug deal had followed him into Howe, pulled up alongside of him on the highway, and fired five rounds into the vehicle and drove south,” said Milks.

After a three-day trial, the jury concluded Thursday the shooter was Gray.

They found him guilty of murder and sentenced him to 60 years in prison.

He won’t be eligible for parole until 2051.

He also received a 10,000 dollar fine.

“When we’re able to close a case like this, the most important thing that we’re able to do is number one bring justice to the Collins family and bring someone like Kelvon Gray who shot a man in cold blood over $10 worth of weed, showed no remorse during any stage of the trial and just continued his life on while he left the Collins family in disarray for the past four years,” said Milks.

Tahbari Collins’ father gave an emotional victim statement in front of the court after the jury announced the verdict.

He said he would forgive Gray but never forget.

After he told KXII, he was relieved with the outcome, but his son was still taken too soon.

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