When interim Police Chief Margaret Young addressed the Killeen community at the police department’s biannual forum on Jan. 12, she made it clear that crime was “trending upward.”
So far, less than a quarter of the way through the year, homicides have played a larger factor in that upward trend.
By St. Patrick’s Day in 2016, there were two homicides in Killeen. This year, the Killeen Police Department started seven homicide investigations in seven different death cases since Jan. 1.
One more homicide case, and Killeen will have reached the halfway point of 2016’s total of 16.
On Jan. 11, Eric Hill, 34, was found dead in the driveway of a home in the 6500 block of Taree Loop about 9 p.m. Less than a week later, Harry “Butch” Polite, 31, was shot dead outside a home on Brownsville Drive. That was on Jan. 16 at 6:18 p.m. There have not been any arrests made in either case.
Quinton Rashard Hill, 23, was shot and killed at 12:04 a.m. Feb. 21 in the 600 block of West Hallmark Avenue, outside the Bridgewater Apartments. There have been no arrests made in that case yet.
On Feb. 24, Justice of the Peace David Barfield pronounced an unnamed infant dead at 3:35 p.m. at the McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple.
Officers responded to a call of an infant who had stopped breathing in the 2900 block of Zephyr Road at 8:08 p.m. Feb. 18, according to a news release from KPD. Paramedics performed CPR upon arrival.
The Daily Herald learned Thursday the death is being treated as a homicide, according to KPD spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez.
William Petty, 58, was shot and killed during a robbery attempt at a Subway restaurant in the 1100 block of Old Farm-to-Market 440 on Feb. 26.
Petty was working as a security guard and died about 3:40 a.m. Investigators issued a news release with video camera freeze frames of the man involved in the incident, but no arrests have been made in that case, aside from the arrest of a woman for crime scene interference. She was later released from custody.
On March 3, Daniel Scott Daulton, 23, was stabbed by his father, Danny Lee Daulton, at the Summerfield Mobile Home, according to KPD.
The incident stemmed from an argument over how much time the younger Daulton spent online. Danny Lee Daulton is in the Bell County Jail.
Rocky Wayne Marsh, 38, was beaten, robbed and killed March 7 in the parking lot on Bundrant Drive.
Three people have been arrested in connection with his death. Shamar Lewis, 17, James Pinkard, 21, and Erica Brownlee, 18, were taken into custody March 10 and charged with murder.
A fourth person, a juvenile, was also arrested and held at the Bell County Juvenile Detention Center.