BCSO: Witness saw body of missing Georgia man during FaceTime call

2 men arrested in connection with death of Shane Jean-Louis Bourret, BCSO says

By Adrian Garcia - Digital Journalist

SAN ANTONIO - UPDATE: Colin King, 34, was extradited to the Bexar County Jail on Tuesday from Mississippi, where he was arrested.

He faces a murder charge, along with a charge of concealing or altering a corpse. 

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Two men were arrested in connection with the disappearance of a Georgia man, who the Bexar County Sheriff's Office has confirmed is dead.

Colin King, 34, was caught in Mississippi on Wednesday and is charged with murder. Donald Wayne Barber, 60, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of tampering with evidence in Bexar County.

Both men were co-workers of Shane Jean-Louis Bourret, who was reported missing May 7 after his wife told Bexar County deputies she had not heard from him for days.

Bourett's body was found buried in the backyard of a vacant West Side home in the 100 block of North San Felipe Avenue, according to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office.

At the time of reporting him missing, Bourret's wife told investigators that her husband rented a white 2019 Chevrolet Silverado from their home state and went to San Antonio for work, according to an arrest affidavit.

In their last conversation, the woman said Bourret had mentioned threatening interactions he had with King and that he feared for his life, the affidavit said.

King and Bourett had been staying in a rental home in the 12000 block of Autumn Vista on the city's Northwest Side, Sheriff Javier Salazar said.

A voicemail from King to Bourret was obtained and it said, "If you're at the house I rented, you better (expletive) leave. I'm heading out of town, I'm coming to get my (expletive), if I see you I'm going to (expletive) kill you. Give me that backpack. You piece of (expletive), so you better (expletive) run like a little (expletive) or you're going to die," according to the affidavit.

Bourret's boss told investigators that he received text messages from King on May 1, saying he was threatening to shoot Bourett.

During the search for Bourret, BCSO investigators said they obtained leads and information on his possible whereabouts.

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Over a live video chat, King told a witness he needed help and that "Shane hit him with a bat and he shot Shane, killing him," according to the affidavit.

During the live video chat, King showed a body which the witness said she recognized as being Bourret due to his curly hair, an eagle-type tattoo on his shoulder and another tattoo on his calf, according to the affidavit.

The witness later went to the Northwest Side home, where she met up with King and Barber, BCSO said. A white truck was found parked in the driveway, according to the affidavit.

Inside the home, the witness told BCSO investigators she saw a "large cylinder shape wrapped in black garbage bags on the living room floor with duct tape wrapped around various parts of the cylinder."

The witness said it turned out to be Bourret's body, according to the affidavit.

King went to a Home Depot to buy supplies and a container in an attempt to dispose of Bourret's body, according to the affidavit.

Before Barber and King left to get rid of Bourret's rental truck, the witness said the pair moved Bourret's body into the garage, according to the affidavit.

Investigators said King texted Barber saying, "I just need to dispose in the best possible place ... I'm sure it gonna get musty real soon."

Other text messages between the pair mention which supplies were needed for concealment, the affidavit said.

On June 13, an investigator said BCSO received information from another informant about a murder.

The informant said Barber had told him about helping a "kid" dispose of the body of a man and that the victim was "murdered inside a trailer," according to the affidavit.

"Donald helped the kid patch bullet holes and repairs" at the Northwest Side home, the informant told the investigator.

Investigators said they believe the "kid" referred to by the informant is King.

A search warrant at the Northwest Side home resulted in the discovery of two bullets and several places in the wall that investigators said appear to be "bullet holes filled with caulking and painted."

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Three days after Bourret was reported missing, investigators said they met up with King who claimed he did not know where Bourret might be and what happened to him.

King said he scheduled to rent the Northwest Side from April 29 through May 1, but that he extended his stay an extra three days, according to the affidavit. 

While King first claimed he did not recall leaving a threatening voicemail to Bourett, investigators told him they had it as evidence and that's when King said he was "not serious about the threats," according to the affidavit.

Salazar said a motive in the slaying of Bourett is not yet clear, but investigators do know it stemmed from a dispute between he and King. 

Barber is facing a second-degree felony charge of altering, destroying or concealing a human corpse. His bail has been set at $15,000.

King is awaiting extradition to the Bexar County Jail.

While the affidavit mentions other suspects, it is unclear whether more arrests will be made.

Anyone with information is asked to call the BCSO Homicide Unit at 210-335-6070.

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