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Suspect in Belton homicide indicted

Waco man charged with capital murder

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Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:00 pm

By Philip Jankowski

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON - The suspect in Belton's first homicide in 10 years may face the death penalty after a Bell County grand jury indicted him on capital murder charges Wednesday.

Chance DeAllen Keller's initial first-degree felony murder charge was upgraded to capital murder Wednesday. The indictment states Keller killed 20-year-old Steven Wright while robbing the Belton man.

First Assistant District Attorney Murff Bledsoe would not say what evidence led his office to conclude Keller had robbed Wright or what the 25-year-old Waco suspect stole from Wright in the early morning hours of Feb. 26.

But court documents state Keller attempted to commit an armed robbery just hours before he allegedly killed Wright. During that incident, Keller allegedly fired a shot at a woman.

Shell casings found at the scene of the homicide and the attempted robbery in Waco ultimately led Belton police to charge Keller.

The woman told police Keller arrived at her home around 11 p.m. Feb. 25 desperate for money. In a written statement to police, she stated Keller pulled out a small chrome-colored handgun and pointed it at her.

Keller ordered the woman to get her purse and give him money, but the woman refused and threw her purse across the room. She then began calling for help.

Waco police said the woman chased Keller from her property with a baseball bat. As he fled, he fired a shot at the woman, an arrest affidavit states.

A few hours later, another woman drove Keller from Waco to Wright's home on West Seventh Street in Belton. The woman told police she did not go inside Wright's home and did not know what Keller did while he was inside.

Wright's stepfather discovered Wright's body on the front porch of the home about 3 p.m. Feb. 26, though evidence showed that Wright was shot inside the home.

Police found a shell casing near the area where they believe the shooting occurred.

That casing was later compared to a casing located at the scene of the attempted robbery in Waco. A Texas Department of Public Safety forensic investigator determined they were fired from the same gun, the affidavit states.

A woman with Keller during the Waco robbery who stayed with him at a Waco motel a few days later told police she witnessed Keller fire the gun. While staying at the motel, she took the gun and disposed of it while Keller was asleep.

Waco police arrested Keller Feb. 28 during a traffic stop. While being pulled over, Keller told two women in the car with him he had recently killed a man in Belton. One of the passengers was his sister, the affidavit states.

Keller has remained in custody since Feb. 28. Belton police charged him with murder March 29 while he was in McLennan County Jail.

Keller is now in Bell County Jail with bond set at $1 million.

The grand jury also returned indictments against the following:

John Eric Lozano, 27, of Troy, on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Ricky Wayne Levy, 51, of Nolanville, on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, less than 1 gram.

Roy Eugene Ferrow, 24, of Temple, on a charge of possession of marijuana, 5 pounds or less.

John Fitzgerald Page Jr., 23, of Temple, on a charge of possession of PCP, 4 grams or more.

Kimberly Wynn Tucker, 47, of Temple, on a charge of possession of cocaine, less than 1 gram.

Juan Diego Vasquez, 22, of Temple, on a charge of possession of cocaine, less than 1 gram.

Jason Frank Freeman, 23, of Fort Hood, on a charge of theft over $20,000.

Christopher Michael Gowins, 20, of Fort Hood, on a charge of theft over $20,000.

Satur Soriano Sandoval, 43, of Killeen, on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Tony Glenn Hall, 33, of Killeen, on a charge of assault by strangulation.

Ashley Marie Lopez, 25, of Clovis, N.M., on a charge of possession of MDMA, less than 1 gram.

Tiana Nikele Newhouse, 17, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of cocaine, 1 gram or more.

Tiffany Renae Walker, 26, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of cocaine, less than 1 gram.

Trista Marie Lauro, 24, of Harker Heights, on a charge of fraud.

Felicia Beth Evans, 19, of Temple, on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, 4 grams or more.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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