Darian Petry indicted for fatal shooting in Port Arthur

Published 12:16 am Friday, October 16, 2020

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A Port Arthur man who police say confessed to an August fatal shooting was indicted this week by a Jefferson County grand jury.

Darian Tremain Petry, 46, remains in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on a $500,000 bond for the killing of 30-year-old Kenneth Swallow.

Port Arthur Police responded to a unresponsive person call at 10:32 p.m. Aug. 16 and found Swallow on the front porch of a home in the 3100 block of 10th Street with multiple gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced deceased.

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Approximately nine hours after Swallow was killed, Petry arrived at the police station to make a statement, according to authorities.

Swallow, nicknamed “GMONEY,” was a member of the 2009 graduating class of Memorial High School, according to his obituary.

An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.