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Killeen man indicted on murder charge

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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 4:30 am

BELTON — Karl Lee Wiggins, 62, of Killeen, was indicted Wednesday by a Bell County grand jury on one count of murder in the shooting death of Edward Charles Hermann, 41, of Belton.

If convicted, Wiggins could face 5 to 99 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The shooting took place about 9 p.m. June 5 in the 2900 block of Farm-to-Market 2410 Spur, according to a Bell County Sheriff’s Department news release. The Belton Police Department dispatched two officers and a supervisor to respond to a 911 call at the address, which is just outside Belton’s city limits.

The officers arrived at the scene at 9:13 p.m. and found a man, later identified as Wiggins, holding a gun, according to court records.

The officers reportedly told him several times to release the weapon but instead Wiggins pointed the gun in their direction. The officers allegedly fired multiple times at Wiggins, hitting him twice. Elizabeth Gallagher, Hermann’s wife, told officers her brother, Wiggins, shot her husband.

Hermann was found with a small-caliber bullet wound in his forehead. He was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple for treatment, where he died June 14.

Wiggins also was taken to Scott & White for treatment. He recovered and was transferred to the Bell County Jail where he remains in custody in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

As the incident was being investigated, Belton police determined the address was outside the city limits and ceded jurisdiction to the sheriff’s department.

Wiggins has a list of prior convictions dating back to the early 1980s. In 1982, he was convicted of driving while intoxicated and sentenced to three weekends in the Bell County Jail. In 1991, Wiggins was convicted again for driving while intoxicated and failure to render aid. He was sentenced to five years in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. In 1994, he received 15 years for his third driving while intoxicated conviction.

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