BEAST (August 19, 2022)

Bond set at $500,000 for man accused of killing a Houston pastor in a road rage incident

Pastor Ronald Mouton Sr., was shot and killed in a what investigators say was a road rage shooting back in June.

A man has been arrested and charged in connection to the death of a Houston pastor.

Deshawn Longmire was charged with murder in the death of Ronald Mouton, Sr., a pastor at East Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, according to court documents.

Mouton was shot and killed in an apparent road rage incident back in June.

Longmire, who is an Uber driver, was stopped on June 29 after running at least one stop sign. He was taken into custody and transported to HPD’s Homicide Division for an interview, according to the documents.

Longmire’s vehicle was identified by a witness following the road rage shooting. According to court records, Longmire said no one uses his vehicle except for him, but that he was not in the area at the time of the shooting.

The documents say Longmire told detectives his phone records and Uber app could confirm his whereabouts.

After review, police say his Uber records showed he was in the area of the shooting between 4:43 p.m. and 4:51 p.m. that day.

Longmire was taken into custody and his bond was set at $500,000 on Saturday.

“Our thoughts are with Rev. Mouton Sr.’s family and friends during this difficult time,” Uber told KHOU 11 News on Saturday.

Uber says no passengers were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting and that Longmire’s access to Uber was removed once they were aware of the investigation. 

The family of Ronald Mouton Sr. said he has been a pastor for 32 years in the community. He will be remembered as a man who touched many lives.

His longtime friend Bishop James Dixon said Mouton’s family is still grieving.

“For them, this is at least some relief but they’re still going through, they’re asking the public for prayer and privacy. But for all of us, we’re hopeful that justice is done. The family wants justice to be done.” 

“There are thousands of people within a five-mile radius of East Temple Church,” Dixon told us back in June. “Ronald Mouton has been a blessing to that community.”

Dixon said he grew up with Mouton and knew him all his life.

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