Task Force finds murder-for-hire suspect in 2017 death of Austin businessman Majid Hemmasi

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A joint task force nabbed a suspect who they believe hired a man to kill an Austin businessman in 2017, according to documents filed in court. 

Marquis Tyrone Collins, 41, was arrested in Dallas by the Lone Star Task Force after evading arrest for nearly two years. He was indicted in Travis County on charges of capital murder, murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the July 2017 death of Austin-businessman Majid Hemmasi. 

The 59-year-old victim was found dead in the parking lot of AAA Fire & Safety at 6700 Guadalupe St. with multiple gunshot wounds on the evening hours of July 26, 2017. At the time, police believed the shooting was a targeted attack

Collins’ indictment in court reveals investigators believe he hired another suspect in the case, 40-year-old Sidney Parker, to kill Hemmasi. At the time, witnesses told police Parker didn’t say anything but just started firing at Hemmasi, ultimately killing him.

Parker faces an attempted murder charge for allegedly shooting a woman who worked at AAA Fire & Safety who was at the scene at the time of the murder. Thursday afternoon Parker pled guilty to a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Court records show Parker had previously faced a murder charge, but that has been dismissed pending further investigation. 

Austin police requested help from the Lone Star Task Force to help find and arrest Collins and investigators quickly discovered he was living in the Dallas area, officials wrote in a press release.

The charges Collins faces include capital murder while remuneration, meaning he is accused of paying someone to commit murder. He’s also charged with murder in connection with Hemmasi’s death. He faces a third charge of aggravated assault with deadly weapon after Marites Jimenez was shot and injured. 

Collins was booked into Dallas County Jail on $1 million bond. 

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force include police officers from Austin, Buda, Cedar Park, Kyle, Leander, Round Rock and San Marcos, sheriff’s deputies from Travis, Caldwell, Hays and Bastrop Counties, the Texas Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Marshal’s Service and other groups. 

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported Marquis Collins’ age as 21. Court records show he is actually 41 years old. 

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