Judge Kocurek murder conspirator on loose in Houston after chase

Marcellus Burgin 2015 Texas Department of Public Safety booking photo (TXDPS)
Marcellus Burgin 2015 Texas Department of Public Safety booking photo (TXDPS)

HOUSTON, Texas (KXAN) — A man wanted in connection to the 2015 shooting of Travis County Judge Julie Kocurek led police on a chase early Friday morning in West Houston before smashing into a light pole and running away from the scene, authorities said.

Law enforcement officials said Marcellus Antoin Burgin, 26, one of a trio of conspirators involved in a ‘diabolical scheme’ to murder Judge Kocurek, should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police from Houston and Austin and FBI agents were attempting to arrest Burgin when he sped off in a car, Houston’s NBC affiliate KPRC reports.

After a police chase, Burgin crashed into a pole and ran off. A passenger in the car was arrested on unrelated warrants.

Burgin is described as six foot two, around 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Burgin. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering an additional $5,000, bringing the total reward up to $10,000. If you have information about him or his whereabouts, please call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the FBI San Antonio Field Office at 210-225-6741. Tips may also be submitted to the FBI online at  https://tips.fbi.gov/.

A statewide digital billboard campaign, seen below, has been launched to publicize the fugitive.

FBI digital wanted billboard for Marcellus Burgin (FBI Photo)
FBI digital wanted billboard for Marcellus Burgin (FBI Photo)

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