By Joyce May

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE – Bond has been set at $1 million for a 24-year-old man charged with capital murder in the October death of 71-year-old Kenneth Eugene Smith.

Stephen Dean Hogankamp, who already was in the Coryell County Jail on a misdemeanor revocation of probation charge for possession of marijuana, was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Larry McDonald on Thursday. He remains in jail.

The Copperas Cove Police Department has been investigating the homicide since Oct. 1 when police and firefighters responded to 1919 Pleasant Lane in reference to a house fire.

Smith's body was found in a bedroom of his home after firefighters extinguished the fire.

Investigators said in October that they believed the fire was intentionally set to cover up Smith's death.

An autopsy was performed by the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas, which listed the manner of death as homicide.

"The Copperas Cove Police Department would like to thank the Copperas Cove Fire Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab and Ranger Marcus Hilton for their assistance in this case," Investigator Michael Oakes said in a release.

According to Smith's niece, Terryl Henderson, of Pratt, Kan., her uncle had lived alone since his wife died on Thanksgiving Day in 2005 and was selective about whom he allowed to enter his home.

Contact Joyce May at or call (254) 547-0428

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