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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Looks like it's true.

From the FortWorth Star-Telegram: (Registration may be required.)

Man arrested in year-old road rage death
Star-Telegram staff writer

FORT WORTH - A 30-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in the death of a Sabre Airline Solutions employee who died of brain damage six days after a road-rage incident early Thanksgiving Day last year.

Officers with the U.S. Marshal's task force and the Fort Worth police fugitive unit arrested Ariel Martinez about 6:30 p.m. at a relative's house in the 3000 block of Oscar Avenue.

Martinez is accused of fatally injuring Steven "Kent" Schnable during an encounter about 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 25, 2004, at the Rosedale Street exit on Interstate 35W. Martinez and Schnable were both driving pickups, police said.

Schnable's passenger said the assault stemmed from a road-rage incident involving a blue pickup with three occupants. Investigators believe that the incident started on westbound Interstate 30.

Schnable died of a closed head injury Dec. 1, 2004.

"The motive appears to be pure road rage," homicide Sgt. J.D. Thornton said.

Martinez became a suspect after homicide Detective Cheryl Johnson interviewed a witness who lives out of state, Thornton said.

"The witness gave us information that led us to identify one of the passengers in the truck and gave us a first name of the driver," Thornton said.

"Then we interviewed the passenger, and from both those interviews, were able to identify the driver and the person that we believe caused the fatal injuries to Schnable," he said.

Investigators are still trying to determine whether a weapon was used or whether Schnable was injured when his head hit the pavement.

"We obtained a murder warrant, but we'll confer with the Medical Examiner's Office and the district attorney's office to determine the appropriate charge," Thornton said.


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