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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 4:30 am

BELTON — A Bell County grand jury on Wednesday indicted a 24-year-old Killeen man accused of repeatedly assaulting an ex-girlfriend he stalked and threatened to kill numerous times.

Barry Leon Bryant Jr. was indicted on charges of continuous violence against a family member, a second-degree felony.

An arrest affidavit documents a six-month period in which Bryant allegedly abused the female victim at least four times.

Police became aware of the assaults April 1 after a staff member at Metroplex Hospital spoke to an officer.

After speaking with the victim, the officer learned the woman broke off the relationship the previous night and attempted to leave. Bryant threw a cellphone at her face, causing extensive swelling and bruising to her right eye, the affidavit stated.

Police learned of numerous assaults that occurred while Bryant and the woman lived together. They culminated in a Nov. 8 incident in which the police were called to their home.

The woman gave a statement to police, and her story was corroborated by a witness. However, she dropped charges against Bryant two days later.

Police learned Bryant intimidated the woman into dropping charges by threatening to kill her. After the November incident, he allegedly told the woman, “If I go to prison, I’ll make it well worth it. I’m not going to jail behind another b----.”

After meeting with police at the hospital, the woman went into hiding. She started to receive calls from Bryant in which he threatened to kill her, telling the woman he had gathered a group of men who would find her, the affidavit stated.

On April 5, Bryant found the woman. It led to a car chase, during which Bryant made hand gestures as if he was going to shoot her. At a red light, Bryant got out of his car and walked toward the woman’s car. She escaped by driving through a parking lot. The woman had been on the phone with an emergency dispatcher during that incident. A recording of the phone call corroborates her story, the affidavit stated.

Bryant has remained in Bell County Jail since April 11 with bail set at $110,000.

He has an extensive criminal history, wracking up 14 misdemeanor and felony charges since 2007. He has an active motion to revoke his probation for a conviction on an aggravated robbery charge. He also has active charges of evading arrest, fleeing police and driving with a suspended license.

If convicted, Bryant could face up to 20 years in prison.

The grand jury also returned indictments against:

  • Bodecyu Shelum Blakes, 24, on a charge of possession of cocaine, less than 1 gram.
  • Michael Lee Carnes, 42, of Salado, on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, less than 1 gram.
  • Macayla Meshell Schott, 19, of Belton, on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, 1 gram or more.
  • Adrian Rodriguez, 23, of Temple, on a charge of credit card abuse.
  • Bernardo Anthony Rodriguez, 23, of Temple, on a charge of credit card abuse.
  • Basil Rutherford Walters, 56, of Temple, on a charge of failure to comply with registration requirements.
  • Thomas Ramon Keifer, 34, of Killeen, on a charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle with a deadly weapon.
  • Timothy Allan Witt, 36, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, less than 1 gram.
  • Paulino Mendoza, 40, of Killeen, on a charge of assault by strangulation.
  • Samantha Mae Parks, 32, of Killeen, on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with serious bodily injury.
  • Darious Lee Wright, 23, of Killeen, on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by felon.
  • Antonio Marquise Belford, 19, of Killeen, on a charge of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
  • Trequan Shavae Locke, 19, of Killeen, on a charge of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
  • Travon Andre Jones, 17, of Killeen, on a charge of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
  • Brian Michael Lofton, 32, of Kempner, on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third or more.
  • Nemorio Ibarra Mendiola, 43, of Temple, on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third or more.

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