Press Release #072915(12)-Man Charged in Titus Murder Investigation
Stephano Miguel Culbreath (DOB 07-06-69) of San Angelo has been charged with the murder of twenty-four-year-old David Titus, who was shot to death in north San Angelo last weekend.
This evening, San Angelo Police Detective Jeremy Cannady presented a formal Complaint for Murder to Tom Green County Justice of the Peace, Fred Buck. The Complaint named Culbreath as the suspect responsible for the July 25 shooting death of Titus in the roadway of the 200 block of W 13th Street. Culbreath has been in custody at the Tom Green County Jail since July 25 on drug charges stemming from the original investigation.
Culbreath surfaced as a person of interest early on in the investigation after police received information about a man driving a maroon Chevrolet Suburban near Titus about the time of the shooting. Shortly after the homicide investigation began, Detective Adrian Castro was canvassing the neighborhood when he observed a maroon Suburban driven by a male subject near the crime scene. Detective Castro noted the driver, later identified as Culbreath, appeared to be preoccupied with the police activity. Detective Castro became suspicious, recorded the license plate, and relayed it to the Department's Special Operations Section (SOS) for follow-up.
Within four hours of the initial dispatch call, Detectives with the Special Operations Section located Culbreath and arrested him for Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1 1-4G after locating Methamphetamine inside the Suburban.
Crime Scene Technicians responded and conducted GSR Tests on Culbreath and the Suburban in an effort to detect the presence of gunshot residue. Both presumptive tests resulted in positive results. Official laboratory results are pending. Police also located an area of the vehicle's front bumper that was consistent with marks observed on Titus's damaged bicycle.
Investigators believe Culbreath was pursuing Titus with the Suburban and struck Titus's bicycle before he shot Titus at the location. Culbreath and Titus were said to be acquaintances.
A Medical Examiner from South Plains Forensic Pathology has stated Titus's death was the result of a single gunshot wound to the neck.
This is an ongoing investigation. No other information is available at this time.