BELTON — Two people arrested and charged with tampering with evidence in the death of Killeen resident Donte Javon Samuels were indicted by a Bell County grand jury on Wednesday.

According to autopsy results, Samuels, 22, died from a gunshot wound to the lower extremities. Killeen police responded to a call at 6:15 a.m. from a person who thought a man had fallen asleep in his front yard. Samuels was pronounced dead at 7:03 a.m.

Quinton Maurice Barnes, 32, was arrested Dec. 27. He told police he removed a surveillance system with Tarah Ann Nichols from a home on Water Street, after the two saw Samuels run away in the direction of 38th Street after being shot, police said.

Nichols was located by police Dec. 31 in the area of Stonetree Drive and Veterans Memorial Boulevard. She lived at the Water Street home where police said Samuels was shot.

Antonio Marquis Willis was arrested and charged with the December slaying of Samuels, who was found dead in a 56th Street front yard Dec. 22. His bond was set at $4 billion by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown, a move that broke records and garnered national attention.

Henry Garza, the Bell County district attorney, later lowered that bond amount to $150,000.

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

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