Two men jailed in Gutierrez slaying

By HOLLY HUFFMAN
Eagle Staff Writer

Two Houston men have been charged in connection with the shooting death last month of a Bryan High School graduate and House of Tires heir.

Joseph Dennis Lewis, 25, was charged Saturday with the slaying of 25-year-old Micheal Gutierrez, according to Houston police reports. Shelton Dewayne Strawder, 21, was charged with tampering with evidence for his actions following the Feb. 22 slaying, the reports state.

Gutierrez was in Houston scouting locations for a new House of Tires store, family members said. He had gone to meet a friend for dinner and drinks at the Marq*E Entertainment Center in the 7600 block of Katy Freeway when he was shot in the parking lot.

Witnesses told police they heard a single gunshot and then saw a dark-colored sedan drive away. Gutierrez ran a short distance before collapsing in the parking lot, according to police.

Investigators think the shooting was drug related, but a press release issued over the weekend didn’t elaborate. It was not clear late Tuesday how the shooting might have been drug related or whether Gutierrez had any involvement with drugs.

A Houston police spokesman referred questions to homicide division Sgt. G. Gonzales, one of the investigators on the case. Gonzales could not be reached Tuesday, and a message on his voice mail said he would be out of the office until next week.

Lewis and Strawder remained jailed Tuesday in Harris County, according to Harris County Sheriff’s Department online records. Lewis was being held on $100,000 bond, the records state. A bond amount had not been set for Strawder.

Gutierrez’s family has owned House of Tires on South Texas Avenue in Bryan for nearly four decades.