BELTON — A Killeen man on Wednesday was indicted on felony charges in the hit-and-run death of a 54-year-old woman in July.
A Bell County grand jury returned an indictment against Shawn Delano Barnes, 31, on a charge of “accident involving injury.”
Barnes is accused of driving a vehicle that was involved in an accident in which 54-year-old Janice Marie Ziegler was killed July 18. Police said Barnes left the scene of the accident without reporting it and without offering aid to Ziegler, the indictment stated.
Ziegler was in the 2200 block of Stan Schlueter Loop sometime before 1:45 a.m. Police believe Ziegler was walking in the westbound lanes of Stan Schlueter Loop when she was struck. An autopsy report, obtained by the Herald on Wednesday, revealed Ziegler had a blood alcohol level of 0.151, nearly twice the state’s legal limit. The report also showed signs she used marijuana.
Killeen police were able to track down Barnes based on a partial license plate number. He initially told police he was driving that night and his truck struck a trash can. However, a swab taken from the front of Barnes’ truck contained DNA evidence of Ziegler, the affidavit stated.
The charge against Barnes is a third-degree felony and carries a maximum jail sentence of 10 years. However, because Barnes was convicted of drug possession in 2003, the charge could be bumped up to a second-degree felony, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years.
Barnes is in Bell County Jail on $100,000 bail.
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