[Skip to page content]
City of Denton logo stacked
X icon

Three Charged in New Year’s Eve Murder

2/5/2020 12:00:00 AM

DENTON, TX, Feb. 5, 2020 – Denton Police have charged three men with capital murder in connection to the death of Steven Daniels that occurred on Dec. 31, 2019 in the 900 block of Cleveland St. The three suspects are being identified as Jalin Hargrove (8/2/96), Earnest Rogers (D.O.B 5/9/93) and Jacques Smith (D.O.B 12/1/98).

On Feb. 4, Denton Police detectives assisted the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) with a search warrant in the 8300 block of Luna Dr. in Rowlett, Texas. DPS obtained this warrant in relation to the double homicide that occurred on Feb. 3 at Texas A&M University - Commerce. During the search, evidence was located that connected the suspect of that search as well as two others to Denton PD case. Denton detectives then applied for a secondary search warrant for the residence.
Following the search, Denton detectives obtained three warrants for capital murder for Hargrove, Rogers and Smith. Hargrove and Rogers were placed under arrest and transported to the Denton City Jail without incident. Smith was transported to the Hunt County Jail by DPS for the double capital murder at Texas A&M University - Commerce with a third count of capital murder added for the murder of Steven Daniels.
Due to the ongoing nature of both the Denton PD investigation and the Texas A&M University - Commerce investigation, no additional details are being released at this time. Anyone with any information in relation to the Steven Daniels case is encouraged to call Denton County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-388-TIPS or the Denton PD tip line at 940-349-TIPS.
Contact: Khristen Jones, (940) 349-8558, DentonPD.MediaRelations@cityofdenton.com