A Closer Look at the Murder of Kevin Battle by Racist Mark W. Jabben
Last updated | Wednesday, July 3, 2019 11:46 a.m. CST
This particular murder hit a little bit closer to home than usual. It is always my goal to maintain the capacity to feel empathy when it comes to my people, but this one definitely hurts. Dr. Michael Blanchard, who provides the statement of facts that you will read below, is a very close friend and colleague of mine. He knew the victim personally and I personally feel his pain.
It seems as if I have written more on these types of commentaries than I care to acknowledge — all with a heavy heart. The hostile behavior of White males over the past year-plus must serve as an indicator that Blacks must be vigilant and hyper-alert. There have been multiple unprovoked attacks on Black men and women by White men — something that highlights their growing desperation. We must stop taking this hostility lightly.
We must also develop a stronger sense of empathy for our brothers and sisters. While you may have been untouched by these violent crimes to this point, the rate at which these violent acts are being perpetrated it is just a matter of time before it comes knocking on your door.
I have had the opportunity to speak directly with Mr. Battle’s son, and the story he tells is bewildering. What is most important in all of this was the 5-year-old grandson who Mr. Battle died shielding — a child who is now absolutely fearful that a White man is going to bring him harm. There is also the frustration that the victim’s son is feeling as he attempts to make sense of it all.
By all accounts, the hostility between these neighbors has been escalating for months, and Mark Jabben has always been the instigator. In fact, neighbors suggest that Jabben antagonizes Black neighbors on a regular basis. His execution of Kevin Battle Sr. is simply a culmination of unchecked aggression.
When it comes to the alleged report filed days before the murder (I state alleged because we have not been able to verify that a report was actually filed.), it is likely that Mr. Battle’s complaint was not taken seriously and likely dismissed by the officer is allegedly took it.
What is clear here is that Mark Jabben was given preferential treatment that would not have been extended to Mr. Battle if the shoe was on the other foot. It is imperative that Blacks develop an implacable position of demand justice by any means necessary. It is equally paramount that we make it clear that our lives have value — not by whining and complaining but by attaching negative consequences to negative behaviors. We have to make it very uncomfortable to act in a hostile manner against our people.
The video below also approaches some very touchy topics that we must be willing to engage. I will end on this note: I a man will ultimately be judged and engaged by the distance he is willing to go to demand respect! ~ Rick Wallace, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Statement of Facts for Kevin Battle, Sr. Case
On March 20, 2019, alleged suspect, Mark W. Jabben, 46 and Kevin Battle, Sr. 57 got into a physical altercation regarding loud music coming from Mr. Battle’s residence. The two share the same entryway to the front doors of their residences (Keep in mind their residence front doors are side by side. See picture). After the incident, Mr. Battle called the Fort Worth Police Department to report the incident and allegedly there was a police report taken. According to sources, Mr. Jabben told Mr. Battle to “Turn that music down, Nigger.” After police left nothing further occurred on this date.
On March 21, 2019, Mr. Battle’s son and grandson arrived for a visit from out of town and during the day, Mr. Jabben asked Mr. Battle if they could discuss the incident that occurred on March 20, 2019. Mr. Battle advised Mr. Jabben that they could discuss the issue after his son and grandson left from their visit. Mr. Battle said this because he wanted to enjoy the visit with his son and grandson who lived out of town.
On March 25, 2019, while visiting with his son and grandson, Mr. Battle’s 5-year-old grandson said he was scared because a stranger said something to him as he exited the front door of Mr. Battle’s residence after getting his I-Pad. Mr. Battle took his grandson by the hand and went to his neighbor’s front door to ask what he said to his grandson. As Mr. Battle and his grandson stood at the door waiting, Mr. Jabben opened the door and fired one shot striking Mr. Battle in the face and as Mr. Battle turned to take cover and protect his grandson, Mr. Jabben fired another fatal shot striking Mr. Battle in the back of the head. Mr. Battle fell in the small entryway of the two apartments and Mr. Battle’s son who witnessed the incident called 911 for the police.
On March 27, 2019, in the late evening, the family of Kevin Battle, Sr. was notified by Mr. Battle’s neighbors that it was not safe for them to return to his residence because they had witnessed a black car with white men fire six shots near the residence.
Mr. Jabben was allegedly taken in for questioning and released with no charges filed. According to sources, the case will be sent to the grand jury. In addition, sources have advised that while law enforcement has been tight-lipped about the facts of the case, they have been leaking information that Mr. Battle is pro-Black.
Because of the misinformation, and lack of credible reporting, it became necessary to gather the facts of this incident and present them based on actual eye witness information. Based on the facts it should be clear that the “I feared for my life” or the stand your ground law doesn’t apply in this case.
Dr. Michael K. Blanchard
To this point, no arrest has been made. The White mainstream media is working hard to keep Mark Jabben’s name out of the story — referring to him as either the shooter or suspect. There has also been an effort to label Mr. Battle as some sort of extremist.
The man who Fort Worth police said was killed by his neighbor on Monday has been identified.
Kevin Battle, 57, was shot on the front porch of his duplex just after 4 p.m., according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office.
The Medical Examiner does not list a cause or manner of death, but Officer Bradley Perez said on Monday that an alleged argument between two neighbors at that address turned into a shooting.
It happened in the 7600 block of John T. White Road, in east Fort Worth near Cobblestone Trail Park.
Perez said on Tuesday morning that Battle had gunshot wounds to his upper body.
“Homicide detectives found that the victim and a suspect were involved in a verbal argument near the threshold to the suspect’s residence,” he said. “The suspect fired multiple rounds striking the victim as a result of this argument. The suspect then called 911. The suspect was interviewed in reference to this investigation, but was not arrested.”
Update: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
WE ARE ASKING ALL THAT WANT JUSTICE TO DO THE FOLLOWING:
Regarding the Kevin Battle Case.
PLEASE call and or email the following offices DAILY between the hours of
8 am-5pm Monday through Friday to ask for:
• an investigation
•and prosecution of Mark W. Jabben.
Here are the following offices to contact:
Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office
Attorney Sharen Wilson
contact her using the link below
Fort Worth Police Department
Chief of Police: Joel Fitzgerald
Exec. Asst. Chief: Ed Kraus
City Council Member District5
Kelly Allen Gray
Councilwoman of Fort Worth
District 8 Office
200 Texas St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Assistant City Manager of Fort Worth
Contact her using the link below
City Attorney Fort Worth Texas
Sarah J. Fullenwider
Mayor of Fort Worth Texas
Update: Friday, April 5, 2019
Kevin Battle Homicide 03/25/2019 A statement issued by the authorities.
The Fort Worth Police Department has received numerous inquiries from the public requesting updates on the status of this case. We sympathize with the victim’s family and understand the public’s interest in learning the facts of the case. Homicide detectives are doing their due diligence and investigating every aspect of this shooting, as is standard in all homicide cases.
On 03/25/2019, Fort Worth police officers responded to a shooting call in the 7600 block of John T. White Road. Upon arrival officers located the victim, Kevin Battle, lying on the ground in front of the suspect’s front door with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Responding officers detained the suspect, Mark Jabben, and notified homicide detectives. The detectives found that the victim and the suspect had been arguing for over a week and that on the date of the shooting Jabben made a comment to the victim’s grandson. Battle went to Jabben’s front door to confront Jabben about speaking to his grandson and a very brief argument ensued. Based on the evidence, Battle is believed to have entered into Jabben’s residence during the argument when Jabben fired three shots, striking Battle in the head. Jabben then called 911 to summon medical help and reported he had shot Battle. Jabben was interviewed in reference to the shooting but was released due to the self-defense claim and the physical evidence located at the scene which corroborated that claim.
On 04/03/2019 homicide detectives met with prosecutors at the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office and provided them with a formal briefing of the case as a follow up to the informal conversations which had been taking place. The District Attorney’s Office agreed to accept the case and will present it to the Grand Jury for review. The District Attorney’s Office agreed with detectives that Grand Jury review is the appropriate path moving forward with this case. This is the same process and standards the Homicide Unit has followed in similar cases where self-defense claims can be corroborated by physical evidence. The Tarrant County Grand Jury will determine if criminal charges will be brought forward in this case.
Throughout this investigation, the assigned detective has remained in contact with the decedent’s adult son, and has worked with him to ensure he and the grandson have access to advocacy groups and counseling opportunities. The assigned detective will continue to work with the decedent’s son and the District Attorney’s Office while awaiting Grand Jury review.
Update: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Update: Thursday, April 11, 2019
“We were sitting in the garage and my son was coming into the house,” Kevin Battle II said. “He said the neighbor said something to him, so my dad took my son’s hand and was heading toward the neighbor’s door.”
Battle II said he went back inside his father’s side of the duplex to get some food. He heard a knock on the neighbor’s door — which he said is about a foot from his father’s door on the same side of the wall — and he heard the neighbor say something.
“Then I heard two gunshots and I saw my dad fall,” Battle II said. “I could see my dad and my son from my angle, but I couldn’t see the neighbor. I just saw my dad’s body drop.”
He ran outside and grabbed his son. Then, Battle II ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911.
Battle II said his father’s relationship with the neighbor — who hasn’t been identified by police — was up-and-down.
“My dad used to help the neighbor,” he said. “If he was drinking, he would help get him in at night. The neighbor totaled one of his cars and my dad helped him. He was always willing to help people.”
A week before the shooting, Battle Battle II said, the neighbor called his father by a racial slur and a police report was filed.
The Star-Telegram requested a copy of that police report, and all incidents at both sides of the duplex, from the Fort Worth Police Department. A spokesperson from the department told the newspaper to make an open records request. Police haven’t responded to the request as of this reporting.
After the shooting, Battle II said he was interviewed by police inside of the detective’s car. He said he hasn’t been invited back to the department for a more in-depth interview. He also said detectives talked to his son.
“He recalls what he sees so much that he just repeats what he saw,” Battle II said of his son. “We’re trying to keep him occupied now. If he has idle time, he repeats what he sees. We’re getting counseling.”
Battle II said he doesn’t understand why his father’s neighbor hasn’t been arrested.
“Police have on record that there was a prior dispute,” he said. “That’s what my concern is. If you know that there were known disputes between them, I think he should have been detained. That’s my personal opinion.”
Bridgette Warnsley, Battle’s sister, agrees.
“I cannot for the life of me understand saying this guy said it was self-defense,” she said. “He got shot in the face and the back of his head. Why would he take a grandson, who he loves, to somebody’s house if he had the mindset to be aggressive? Even if they’re not going to charge him (in the shooting), why not child endangerment?”
Police have not said whether the neighbor claimed self-defense, just that he was interviewed and later released.
Battle II said a detective told him that the case would be presented to a grand jury, who will then decide if charges should be filed.
Battle Sr. lived in Fort Worth for about seven years. He’s from Indiana, lived in Washington and had worked for General Motors.
In his spare time, he loved to barbecue for his family and friends.
“My dad was one of the most awesome people,” his daughter Kayla Battle said. “He was a family man, he was the funny guy, he was the life of the party. To know my dad was to love him.”
He attended Indiana University and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Alpha Chapter.
“He was so proud to be a Kappa and that was one of the things he loved,” Kayla Battle said. “He really created a beautiful brotherhood.”
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Updated: Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Extremely Important Updates: Mark Jabben was released on a 50,000 bond 7-2-2019. Mark shot his girlfriend Theresa Ryan, on May 10th — just over a month after shooting and killing Kevin Battle, his next-door neighbor.
Mark claimed self-defense in the shooting of Kevin battle. He was not arrested nor was he charged. On May 10th Theresa Ryan the girlfriend of Mark Jabben said she believed he tried to kill her; however, later this month decided to change her story to comply with Mark’s story of the shooting being an accident.
Theresa Ryan, the girlfriend, is believed to be working with Mark’s family on assisting him with bail and no charges for shooting her on May 10th.
Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Mark Jabben has finally been charged with the murder of Kevin Battle Sr. after shooting him three times in the face and head in March. It has been a long and hard-fought battle, but the first leg of this journey is complete. Thanks to Kevin Garner Sr. Dr. Michael K Blanchard, Maune Morgan, The Odyssey Project, and others who remained consistent in the pursuit of justice for our Brother, Kevin Battle Sr. Now, let’s prepare to see this through to the end. Stay tuned for further details. #markjabben #kevinbattle #bobattle #justiceforBo #justiceforBobattle
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