CALDWELL, BURLESON COUNTY - A Burleson County jury sends a Snook man to prison for life for the murder of Marcus Carroll in January of 2013.
Broderick Jermaine Grba, 20, of Snook, was sentenced Monday afternoon. Grba was convicted by a Burleson County jury last Thursday after a 2 week trial for Murder, Burglary of a Habitation, and Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon. The jury sentenced Grba to life on the Murder charge, and 20 years on the Burglary and Aggravated Assault charges.
Grba was arrested on January 6, 2013 after the shooting at Cotton Village Apartments in Snook. The Burleson County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Texas Rangers, secured and processed the scene and conducted the investigation. Various eyewitnesses identified Grba as the person who shot both victims, one fatally. Eyewitness testimony was corroborated by DNA and ballistics testing through the DPS Crime Lab. During the investigation, law enforcement discovered that the gun Grba use to shoot Marcus Carroll, deceased, was obtained during a home invasion at Carroll’s apartment, and actually belonged to Carroll. Grba confessed to the all the crimes during an interview with law enforcement, but claimed that everything was done in self-defense.
District Judge Carson Campbell presided over the trial and sentencing. District Attorney Julie Renken and First Assistant District Attorney Joan Scroggins, represented the State at trial, and Trey Dunne of Elgin represented the Defendant.
During the punishment phase of trial, the jury heard evidence of Grba’s hard upbringing and the tribulations that come from being raised in a place where drugs and guns are commonplace. District Attorney Julie Renken presented evidence of Grba’s prior criminal acts that began at age 11. Specifically, testimony was presented regarding another Aggravated Assault, an Aggravated Sexual Assault, an additional Burglary, and an Aggravated Robbery.
“Give [Grba] no more chances to commit crimes,” Renken argued after listing the offenses. She acknowledged the hardships of Grba’s childhood but pointed out, “Adults make decisions. Decisions have consequences.” In a final plea for justice and a message to the community Renken challenged the jury to, “Think of the times you heard someone say about a jury in a criminal trial ‘Why did they do that?’ You are ‘they’ in this case.”
After the verdict District Attorney Renken spoke, “Interagency cooperation and good old-fashioned police work made this verdict and sentence possible. I know Sheriff Stroud is proud of his staff, we all are. And we are thankful for the work of the Texas Rangers in this investigation.” She continued, “The days of this defendant’s criminal activity in Burleson County are over. The citizens won’t stand for it and the jury sent that message today.”
“This verdict brings justice for Marcus Carroll and Antwon Heslip.” Renken commented later, “Marcus is gone forever, and Antwan’s life has been forever changed due to this defendant’s intentional acts of violence. We hope their families find some peace in this and our prayers continue to be with them.”