AUSTIN (KXAN) — The third suspect accused of plotting to kill Judge Julie Kocurek is now in custody after alluding authorities after a chase in Houston Friday. Shortly before midnight Monday, federal and state authorities arrested 26-year-old Marcellus Antoine Burgin of Cypress, Texas, without incident in New Orleans.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged Burgin, along with Chimene Onyeri, 28, and Rasul Kareem Scott, 24, in the attack on Judge Kocurek. Authorities say the trio were operating a multi-level fraud and racketeering scheme involving mail fraud, bribery of a public official, wire fraud, document fraud, access device fraud and money laundering as well as offenses involving murder.
The indictment says Onyeri and his co-conspirators were stealing personally identifiable information by paying off people with access to the victims’ information and filing tax returns in the victims’ names and then bribing mail carriers to provide addresses that could be used to intercept the tax refund checks. Authorities say the schemes spanned from January 2012 to November 2015.
Onyeri and Burgin were initally arrested in 2012 when they were stopped for speeding in Rollingwood, Texas. In their car, officers discovered a credit card reader and more than 70 gift cards. Onyeri was arrested on fraud charges and was set to go before Judge Kocurek.
Onyeri remains in federal custody; his detention hearing is set for Oct. 6. Scott also remains in federal custody in Louisiana.
Conspiracy to murder a judge
“This multi-agency investigation uncovered a diabolical scheme that went from multi-faceted fraud to an attempt on the life of a State judicial officer,” said United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr. when the suspects’ indictments were handed down last week.
Ambushed in her own driveway in the middle of the night, Judge Kocurek remembers sitting in her vehicle with her family around 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2015. She recalls rapid gunfire and the sound of shattered glass bursting through the windshield. While recovering from her injuries in the hospital, an infection cost her an index finger.
Four months after the shooting, Judge Kocurek put on her black judicial robe and walked into a courtroom greeted by a round of applause from a room full of attorneys, judges, police officers and others who wanted to wish her well.