Johnson County teen charged for deadly after-prom party shooting

A 19-year-old Johnson County man could soon be charged with murder for allegedly shooting another young man at an after-prom party.

Authorities said Spencer Gilbert shot 20-year-old Ja’Den Moblin over the weekend at the house party near Godley.

The two allegedly got into a fight and Moblin was shot in the head.

Spencer Gilbert

Moblin was taken to a hospital and placed on life support just long enough to be an organ donor, his mother told FOX 4.

Genell Provins said she will never forget the call she got in the middle of the night about her son being shot. She found a slight sense of peace Tuesday after visiting a funeral home.

"I had to come to terms today to know that truly I will never ever touch, feel or hear his voice," she said. "My son had the best hugs. I will never feel that again. I think that is so selfish. You took his life from that. 

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Provins said her son had gone to the after-prom party with his girlfriend, who is a senior at Cleburne High School. The two were excited about the special night.

The next time she saw her son was early Sunday at a hospital in Fort Worth with a bullet lodged in his brain. Doctors told her he wouldn’t survive. 

"To go into that room and see my baby with his face like that, it’s devastating," Provins said.

Genell Provins with her son, Ja’Den Moblin

Authorities said Gilbert kidnapped a 17-year-old witness at gunpoint right after the shooting and forced the teen to drive hundreds of miles from North Texas to Houston.

Later on Sunday, police in Houston said Gilbert led them on a high-speed chase that ended when he crashed into an oil change business near the Houston Galleria.

The 17-year-old hostage was not seriously hurt, police said.

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Gilbert will remain in Houston until his next court appearance later this week.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said Gilbert will finish his hearings in Houston for charges there including evading arrest, aggravated kidnapping, and unlawful carrying of a weapon with a felony conviction. 

Spencer Gilbert was arrested in Houston Sunday after leading police on a high-speed chase.

Then he will be brought back to North Texas to face an expected murder charge. 

"He took an amazing soul out of this world," Provins said.

Moblin graduated from Cleburne in 2021 where he played football. 

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Provins said he was waiting for his girlfriend to finish high school as well so the two could start their lives together. 

"Something so senseless. It’s indescribable," she said.

Cleburne ISD said the suspect was not a graduate of Cleburne High School.