Four arrested in Killeen murder case

KILLEEN – Four people were arrested in connection with the homicide of a San Antonio man found stabbed to death last month near Stillhouse Hollow Dam.

Police charged Anthony Jamale McKoy, 24, with murder. McKoy is suspected of killing 31-year-old Llael Garcia-Rodriguez.

Also charged were Toriano Thomas, 29; Katrina S. Jackson, 21 and Jessabel S. Lucas, 30. Each is charged with tampering with physical evidence.

A grand jury indicted the three suspects Oct. 24 after jurors found the trio helped conceal Garcia-Rodriguez’s body off of Farm-to-Market 1670, near Stillhouse Hollow Lake. Bell County Sheriff’s Office investigators now believe Garcia-Rodriguez was killed in Killeen.

All suspects are from Killeen except Lucas. Jail records indicate she lived on Fort Hood.

Pedestrian hit by pickup truck dies

BELTON — A pedestrian was pronounced dead after the Belton Police Department responded to an accident involving the pedestrian and a vehicle at 4:45 a.m. last Sunday in the 3500 block of North Main.

A southbound pickup truck struck the pedestrian, who was walking in the southbound lane of the roadway. The driver of the truck was not injured.

The identities of those involved are being withheld until next of kin can be notified. The accident is under investigation by the Belton Police Department Crash Investigation Team.

Man driving 40 mph over speed limit

COPPERAS COVE — Police arrested a man suspected of driving 40 mph over the speed limit with a child in the car on Oct. 30.

Robert Elgin Bowling Jr. was arraigned on a charge of abandoning or endangering a child with criminal negligence. Guinn set his bond at $8,000.

According to an arrest complaint, an officer observed a 1996 Nissan Maxima traveling west at a high rate of speed in the 300 block of East Avenue D on Tuesday afternoon.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle continued to travel between 50 and 70 mph in areas where the speed limit was 30 and 40 mph, the complaint states. The driver of the vehicle reportedly was weaving in and out of traffic throughout the incident.

The officer eventually stopped the car in the 700 block of Robert Avenue, where the officer reportedly discovered Bowling was driving the car, states the complaint. A girl younger than 15 years old was in the front passenger seat without the proper child safety seat.

2 Silver Stars, other medals awarded

FORT HOOD – Two soldiers with the 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, headquarted at Fort Hood, received Silver Stars during a ceremony last week.

The brigade, which returned from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan in July, awarded the medals to Staff Sgt. Adam Davila and 1st Lt. Steven Hail for bravery displayed during a combat situation after their unit encountered enemy combatants hiding out in a cave. Hail also earned a Purple Heart.

Sgt. Christopher Ernst and Spc. Daniel Evenson received a Bronze Star Medal with V device. Staff Sgt. Other medals received for the same incident went to: Staff Sgt. David Smothers, Sgt. Scott Simpson, Sgt. John Lowry, Spc. Conner Daley and Spc. Zachary Trice, each received an Army Commendation Medal with V device. The “V” is for valor.

“Every single man on the battlefield did his job,” Davila said.

First Lt. Jonathan Pechon received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained July 16, 2011, in Nawa Valley, Afghanistan, as did Spc. Phillip Bergerson for injuries sustained in the same area Nov. 5, 2011.

Police ID suspect in bank robbery case

WACO — A 34-year-old Killeen resident suspected of robbing a bank is being held without bond by the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

Copperas Cove police said John Russell Lightner was apprehended in the Sept. 27 Fort Hood National Bank robbery in Copperas Cove and charged in federal court.

“Due to the pending investigation and the cooperation with the other involved agencies, we waited to release this information,” Sgt. Kevin Keller, Copperas Cove Police Department spokesman, said Tuesday.

According to a CCPD news release, Lightner was arrested Oct. 22 by Killeen police during a traffic stop.

Teacher on leave after duct tape incident

KILLEEN – A Killeen Independent School District teacher was placed on administrative leave after he was accused of putting duct tape over the mouth of a student.

Ernesto Ortiz, a Killeen resident and parent, said Palo Alto Middle School teacher Clarence Williams placed three pieces of duct tape over the mouth of his 11-year-old son Oct. 23. Ortiz said the tape was left on his son’s mouth for nearly the entire class period, between 30 and 45 minutes. When the class period was over, Ortiz said his son was told he could take the tape off, but he was unable to do so.

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