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Man given $2 million bond for deadly Lewisville shooting

The circumstances leading up to the homicide are still being investigated, police said

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A Mesquite man accused of shooting another man to death in Lewisville has been arrested and was given a $2 million bond on Wednesday.

Aarion Morris, 39, is charged with murder in the shooting death of 27-year-old Jonathan Berto of Corinth, according to Lewisville Police.

On Sunday, June 9, officers responded to the 1200 block of South IH-35E around 5 p.m. after reports of a dead person being along the northbound service road. Upon arrival, police found Berto's body and learned that he had been mortally wounded by gunfire.

Morris was arrested without incident on Tuesday, June 11, in the 1800 block of Range Drive in Mesquite. He was booked into Lewisville City Jail on his charges.

Lewisville Police
Aarion Morris, 39, was given a $2 million bond after being arrested for allegedly shooting and killing Jonathan Berto, 27, on Sunday, June 9, 2024.

"I want to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Berto. This is a tragic event, and their loss is something we feel here at the Lewisville Police Department,” said Chief Brook Rollins.

"I also want to recognize our officers, detectives, and support personnel who worked tirelessly from the beginning of this case to see it through to a successful arrest.”

Berto’s mother, Rosa Berto Chapa told NBC 5 her son embraced his new role as dad and found joy in spending time with his five-month-old daughter.

“He was about to celebrate his first Father’s Day. He just celebrated his 27th birthday. He did not deserve this,” she said.

Police said circumstances leading up to the shooting are still under investigation. Chapa, though, says her son’s truck was still at the scene when she arrived, and she believes this was the result of an offense while driving that led to an altercation between her son and Morris.

“They released the truck to us. We have the truck, and it has a bullet hole in it,” she said.

She said her family is forever changed and has a message for the person police say is responsible.

“We want him to pay for what he did. We want him to know what he did to our family. We want him to know he took a father from his child,” said Chapa. “We want him to know this little girl is going to grow up without him. And it’s not fair. It’s not fair.”

The fatal shooting is still under investigation by Lewisville Police homicide detectives. Anyone with pertinent information can contact Detective Scott Kelly at 972.219.3628.

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