Lawrence Charles Bryson

Lawrence Charles Bryson

A Temple man’s capital murder charge stems from an incident at a Killeen convenience store, a police spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Lawrence Charles Bryson, 23, was arrested Tuesday by Temple Police officers on a capital murder charge out of the Killeen Police Department.

Bryson allegedly told another man to shoot a customer during a Sept. 18 incident at the Texan Mart convenience store at 3000 Lake Road during which shots were fired, Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez said Wednesday.

Two men reportedly tried to buy something with a counterfeit bill, but the clerk wouldn’t accept the fake. The two men got angry with the clerk. A customer walked in and defended the clerk, and the two men left the store.

The customer told officers he left the store and walked toward his vehicle. Four men yelled and shouted profanities at him, and one of the men who was in the store earlier pulled a gun on him, the customer said.

A man later identified as Bryson told the man with the gun to shoot the customer. Several rounds were fired at the customer before the suspects left.

Bell County Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke issued a warrant for Bryson for criminal solicitation-murder, Miramontez said.

Bryson’s bond was set at $200,000, and he remained in the Bell County Jail Wednesday.

Bryson is already a felon convicted in the assault of a public servant in 2012.

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