A Killeen woman is facing capital murder charges in the 2013 case of an 83-year-old blind man who was beaten to death in his home.
Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange announced Monday that Christian Charlene Bohannon, 25, of Killeen, was arrested and charged with the murder of Jack B. Ray.
Bohannon was arrested Friday and was still in custody Monday. Her bail was set at $1 million, Lange said.
Ray’s body was found Oct. 12 by Killeen Fire Department medics in the backyard of his home on Farm-to-Market 439. The home appeared to have been ransacked, according to sheriff’s deputies. A Dallas medical examiner later determined that Ray died as the result of blunt-force trauma.
Lange said the investigation into Ray’s death revealed Bohannon went to Ray’s home to steal from the residence.
Ray was a lifelong Killeen resident, a civil engineer at Fort Hood for many years, and also operated his own ranch, according to a death notice posted online. Lange said he knew Ray for many years and was his friend.
“Jack was a well-known and well-loved figure in the Killeen community,” Lange said. “This hit home for a lot of us.”
Former Killeen Councilman Larry Cole also was a friend of Ray’s. He said he was happy to hear of the arrest.
“He was just a good man. A hard-working, honest, Texas gentleman,” Cole said. “I don’t recall ever hearing a bad word spoken about him.”
Lt. Wayne Corley, of the sheriff’s department’s criminal investigations division, said there was the possibility other individuals also were involved in the murder but declined to give more information about the ongoing investigation.
“It’s not a complete closure to the case, but it’s getting closer,” Lange said.