Murder Suspect Made Bond Days After Kidnapping

Markel Ervin Charged with Murder of Destinee Virgin

A murder suspect was captured in Harris County and returned to Columbus for a preliminary hearing.

The Chief Deputy with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department tells First News they recieved multiple calls Sunday about a suspicious person walking on the side of Highway 185

when they apprehended the teen suspect.

Public court records portray Markel Ervin as a menace to society.

The seventeen year old charged nearly a dozen times as an adult for various crimes in the past 12 months including criminal trespassing and obstruction of a police officer for which he was released on his own recognizance.

Ervin appeared on WLTZ‘s radar in May after detectives testified he abducted  Destinee Virgin, beat her and held her captive roaming from home to home until she broke free.

Days later documents show Ervin was released May 30th on bonds totaling nearly 29 thousand dollars for kidnapping and false imprisonment.

The court order states Ervin should steer clear of the victim and have no contact with her or her family.

Ervin instead, allegedly shot his estranged girlfriend multiple times leaving her to die on the side of the road.

Destinee Virgin’s pastor says it should have never happened.

“It doesn’t feel comfortable. It doesn’t feel good to see how all of this played out. I ahve a problem with how the system has handled this . Why did this young man get back into society after teh first time? You know because I feel like the way everything happened in the beginning he should have never been released,” Pastor Branddon Mays said.

Jail records show Markel Ervin has been transferred from the Harris County Jail and booked into the Muscogee County Jail on a single count of murder.


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