Charlene Bohannon

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BELTON — A Killeen woman could face the death penalty in connection with the beating death of an 80-year-old blind man.

A Bell County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Christian Charlene Bohannon, 25, on a charge of capital murder in connection with the October death of Jack B. Ray.

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 Bell County sheriff’s deputies.

A Dallas medical examiner later determined Ray, a lifelong Killeen resident, died as the result of blunt-force trauma.

According to an arrest affidavit, Bohannon told investigators that she planned to steal items from Ray’s home, referring to the plan as a “hit and lick.”

Bohannon also said she hit Ray with a golf club while she was attempting to rob him.

The shape of the blunt-force injuries to Ray’s skull were consistent with being struck multiple times with a golf club, according to the Dallas pathologist who performed Ray’s autopsy.

If convicted, Bohannon could face the death penalty. When Bohannon was arrested in March, Bell County Sheriff’s Department officials initially said there was a possibility other people were involved in Ray’s murder, but declined to give any additional details.

Department spokesman Donnie Adams said Wednesday no one else has been arrested or charged in Ray’s death.

“We think that there were other people involved, but we have not been able to identify them or make a case at this point,” Adams said.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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