Bennett taken into custody without incident

Aug 25, 2021

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office would like to report the arrest of Justin Earl Bennett. Bennett was being sought by authorities for Murder (F-1) in regards to a homicide that occurred Saturday, August 21, 2021 in Center which claimed the life of 42 year-old Delvin Deon Bailey.

At 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, August 25, Bennett entered the lobby of the SCSO and turned himself in to authorities without incident.

The SCSO is very grateful for this outcome. First and foremost, we extend our gratitude to the community for all the tips, leads and information that poured in concerning this situation. Thank you, Shelby County District Attorney Karren Price, for your diligence and assistance to our needs during this time. Thank you to the Center Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers, and the U.S. Marshals for your dedication to our office. Thank you for assisting us with our every need and your willingness to go the extra mile when requested.

We are thankful that this situation has come to a close in the safest manner possible.

To the family and friends of Deon Bailey, you are and will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

Leah Chase, SCSO Public Relations

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