$1 million bond set for man charged with murder in shooting of rapper BTB Savage near River Oaks

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Man arrested in deadly shooting of rapper BTB Savage near River Oaks
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Court records allege the suspect was a close friend and fellow gang member of a man shot and killed in BTB Savage's San Antonio apartment during a February robbery.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The man accused of shooting and killing a rapper near River Oaks is in custody, according to Houston police.

Montrel Lenard Burley, 40, is charged with the murder of Darrell Gentry, 26, who used the artist name "BTB Savage."

HPD said Burley surrendered to authorities at the Harris County Joint Processing Center on Tuesday.

In a court appearance Tuesday, the state requested no bond for Burley. Meanwhile, Burley's attorney requested a $20,000 bond.

The judge ultimately chose to set Burley's bond at $1 million. She noted that only a district court judge can deny bond, which would require a hearing.

The judge said a previous conviction for failing to appear in court while out on bail presents a flight risk. The judge also said the court is concerned because of the distance Burley allegedly traveled to avenge the death of his friend.

Burley's attorney said the suspect previously lived in Houston, but had been living in the New Braunfels area for the past two years.

If Burley posts bond, he must wear a GPS monitor. He must also surrender his passport and remain in Texas for the duration of the case.

Court records made public on Monday show Burley was under arrest and in custody the day after the deadly shooting, but was released.

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Burley was reportedly arrested and charged with narcotics possession during a traffic stop in New Braunfels on March 31.

He was a passenger in the vehicle that police believe was used in the shooting at 2100 Mid Lane on March 30. Court records show he had rented it. When police started asking Burley about the vehicle, records show, he requested an attorney and ended the interview. It's unclear how or why he was released.

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Documents show Burley was a close friend and fellow gang member of Omar Richardson. In an interview days before his murder, Gentry described how his girlfriend shot Richardson in self-defense during a robbery at their home in San Antonio in February. Gentry was present and also injured. San Antonio police had apparently said the shooting was justified.

On social media, Gentry posted photos of himself at the bloody crime scene just hours before he was killed in Houston.

In court records, police tied the two murders together, citing retaliation.

On the day of Gentry's murder, police identified the suspect vehicle as a black Subaru Outback, records show. They tracked it via license plate cameras to Burley's address in New Braunfels, and when they searched it after the traffic stop, records show they found a shell casing similar to what was found at the crime scene in Houston. Hour-by-hour cell phone data on the day of the murder show Burley's phone in the area at the time of the shooting in Houston.

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According to a police investigation timeline, they did not have the cell phone data when Burley was in custody.

Police believe an unknown second suspect was involved.

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