Work release inmate accused of murder expresses innocence in court appearance

Published: Aug. 23, 2017 at 7:05 PM CDT
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[UPDATE: 9/1/2017 at 4:15:09 PM]

A man charged with capital murder indicated to a Houston County judge Friday that he’s innocent. “I don’t understand why I’m here,” Dejarvous Glenn said during a first appearance hearing.

Houston County District Judge Benjamin Lewis reiterated the charge to Glenn, reading from a warrant of arrest obtained by police alleging that he shot 29-year old Marcel Arline August 23 with a high powered rifle.

Glenn was arrested Wednesday, eight days after Arline was killed standing near the front door of a McKay Street home. Police say he didn’t live there describing Glenn as a visitor who had been in Dothan for a few weeks.

Glenn is serving a 10-year prison sentence for shooting into an occupied home, serving his time in a work release program. The program’s director said he returned to Houston County Community Corrections shortly after allegedly firing the fatal shots.

Court records show attorney Aimee C. Smith was appointed to represent Glenn who was ordered held without bail. If convicted, he could be sentenced to death.

Meanwhile, police indicate other arrests in the case are anticipated.


[UPDATE: 8/31/2017 at 5:40p to reflect reaction from Community Corrections)

Dothan Police Thursday arrested an inmate assigned to a work release program on a capital murder charge for a recent shooting that left one man dead. Dejarvous Walker Glenn, 21, was captured without incident.

“We took him into custody at Houston County Community Corrections, brought him in for questioning, and then charged him,” Criminal Investigation Division Supervisor Lt. Brian Smith said.

29-year old Marcel Arline was shot to death August 23 at a home on McKay Street in Dothan. Police say he had been visiting the city for several weeks.

“The case is still being investigated and there are indications that there may have been more people involved in the planning, carrying out and aftermath of the crime,” Smith said.

Glenn was sentenced in May to 10 years in Houston County Community Corrections for shooting into an occupied building.

“The day in question he left, got off work and he was back here in the allotted period of time,” Community Corrections Director Tony Weber said. Glenn was employed by a fast food restaurant.

Weber said Glenn had few troubles in the work release program though asked to leave an anger management class by the instructor who cited “poor work ethic and bad attitude.” Overall, though, he was a well behaved inmate.

Glenn recently wrote a letter to the court asking the remainder of his sentence be suspended.

“I have realized I have made mistakes and the path I chose to take was the wrong one. I (accept) full responsibility for my actions and am more than willing to correct my mistakes.” Glenn also said he has a steady job and a baby on the way.

He concluded the letter with a plea to Circuit Judge Larry Anderson. “If you grant me (a suspended sentence) I promise not to disappoint you or make the same mistakes.”

While Weber regrets the arrest he points out that most inmates successfully complete the work release program. He also defended Glenn’s placement in Community Corrections.

“The judge saw something in him that he wanted to rehabilitate and for whatever reason Mr. Glenn chose to go in a different direction.”

If convicted of capital murder, Glenn could be sentenced to death. He is held without bond.


Dothan Police confirm 29year Marcel Arline from New Jersey was shot and killed about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 800 block of McKay Street. Investigators were searching Wednesday night for who is responsible.

Initial reports were someone had been shot in the head. Police say the victim was visiting Dothan from New Jersey, and was shot in a home on McKay Street where he had stayed off and on for several months.