Man arrested in drug-related shooting that killed 14-year-old and 20-year-old on Northeast Side, records show

Affidavit: One gunman said ‘naw (expletive) this is a homicide’ before shooting

SAN ANTONIO – A second suspect has been arrested following the fatal shootings of a man and teenager during an alleged drug deal on the Northeast Side last month, according to authorities.

Booking records show James Alexander Miller, 18, has been charged with capital murder following the slayings on Dec. 17 in the 7300 block of Rubens Drive, not far from Gibbs Sprawl Road and Montgomery Drive.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office previously arrested another suspect in the case, 17-year-old Jaylen Dears, on Dec. 24. Dears was also charged with capital murder, jail records show.

Jaylen Dears, 17, was arrested on suspicion of capital murder on Dec. 24, 2020. (KSAT)

Miller and Dears are accused in the deaths of Robert Smith, 20, and Bobby Lee Carter Jr., 14, who were found in a shot-up car. They were taken to Brooke Army Medical Center, where they later died.

According to an arrest affidavit, deputies spoke with two witnesses in the car who said they went to the location to sell marijuana to Smith. Dears and Miller then approached the vehicle with guns, the affidavit states.

The witnesses told deputies they heard one of the two suspects say “naw (expletive) this is a homicide” before opening fire, deputies said.

A witness told authorities that one of the shooters took a gun and cash that was inside the vehicle before they fled, according to the affidavit.

Miller’s cellphone was found in the street near fired cartridge casings, records show. Deputies also reviewed surveillance footage of the shooting.

Jail records show Miller was booked on Thursday and his bond was set at $500,000.

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