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Killeen man charged with murder

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Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 12:00 pm

By Philip Jankowski

Killeen Daily Herald

A 22-year-old Killeen man is in custody at the Bell County Jail after he was charged with murder in connection to a high-speed chase that ended with two deaths.

John Stanton Beasley Jr. is charged with one count of murder in connection to an April 14 high-speed chase in downtown Killeen that resulted in the deaths of James Carl Broland, 33, and Tamojeane Kehaulani Tambakis, 39.

Police said Beasley was fleeing from officers in a tan Chevrolet Tahoe when he made a high-speed turn at the intersection of College Street and Church Avenue. The car went airborne and crashed into a telephone pole and tree.

Tambakis and Broland were both pronounced dead at the scene.

An arrest affidavit made public Monday indicates that Beasley was charged in only Tambakis' death.

The pursuit began after police received a report of suspicious individuals at the Action Pawn in the 1100 block of South Fort Hood Street. A manager told police a person smelling of marijuana was creating an unspecified disturbance, the affidavit states.

The manager saw the person leave the business in the Tahoe. Moments after receiving the call, a Killeen police sergeant spotted the vehicle headed north on Fort Hood Street in the area of the pawn shop.

The officer signaled to the driver to pull over. However, the driver, who was later identified as Beasley, began to speed up, the affidavit states.

Beasley ran a red light on Fort Hood Street and sped through multiple stop signs on College Street.

Beasley attempted to make a high-speed turn, lost control of the vehicle, and it crashed into the telephone pole.

The vehicle then hit a tree and rolled over multiple times before coming to a stop, the affidavit states.

Though injured in the crash, Beasley attempted to run from the scene. Police arrested him.

Four people were in the Tahoe. Tambakis and Broland died while a third unnamed passenger sustained non-fatal injuries.

Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Beasley on Saturday, setting his bail at $1 million.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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