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Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 12:00 pm

By Lauren Cabral

Killeen Daily Herald

GATESVILLE - More light was shed on the events surrounding the January 2010 murder of Frank Schreiber as the trial of Travis Vershun Brazil continued Thursday.

Video surveillance of Brazil, 22, and Brandon Christopher Walker, 20, looking at guns in the Copperas Cove Walmart on the night of Schreiber's death was presented to the jury, and the Maverick Model 88 12-gauge shotgun allegedly used to shoot Schreiber, 22, and his wife, Leila, was submitted for evidence.

Several soldiers who worked with Walker and Brazil, who served in the same unit as Schreiber at the time of the murder, testified Wednesday. They offered information about Walker's personality and theft habits.

Sgt. Patrick Paris said he'd purchased small electronics such as a PSP from Walker when he was serving with him and Brazil in the 36th Engineer Brigade. Paris later found out the items were stolen from another soldier in his unit and returned them.

Paris also said Walker had offered to sell him a television set for $50 on the day of the murder.

He had accepted, but could not reach Walker the next day, when Walker and Brazil had been taken into police custody.

On Wednesday, Brazil was shown in a video of a police interrogation saying Walker had asked him to help steal Schreiber's television.

Spc. Tyson McCool said Walker had told him that his girlfriend's husband was deployed at the time and "he was going to rob her blind of all of her electronics and stuff."

Another soldier said Walker had gotten in trouble for underage drinking, which resulted in deductions from his military paycheck.

He said Walker told him it was hurting his finances, and said Walker was depressed and at times suicidal.

Walker pleaded guilty to murder Jan. 26 to avoid a jury trial and is serving a life sentence. He is expected to testify at Brazil's trial.

The men are accused of shooting Schreiber and his wife, Leila, then 22 and pregnant, at their home in the 1000 block of Cove Avenue in Copperas Cove on Jan. 14, 2010.

Schreiber was found dead at the scene with shotgun wounds in his abdomen and upper right shoulder.

Leila was shot in the upper left torso and was taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center. She later recovered, and testified on Tuesday, when Brazil's trial began.

Brazil's trial will resume at 9 a.m. today in the Gatesville County Courthouse. Judge Trent D. Farrell is presiding over the trial in 52nd District Court.

Contact Lauren Cabral at lcabral@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7476.

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