By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON - A Bell County grand jury Wednesday indicted a 23-year-old Killeen man who allegedly crashed his car into an exit sign on U.S. Highway 190 while fleeing from police.
Charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest in a motor vehicle will move forward against Justin Cody Myers Jr.
Myers is accused of stabbing a woman several times and leading police on a high-speed chase that resulted in the crash, in which he was seriously injured.
Myers had to be airlifted to Scott & White Hospital on Sept. 11, after he lost control of his vehicle and drove it into the T.J. Mills exit sign on westbound U.S. 190.
First Assistant District Attorney Murff Bledsoe said Myers was in the hospital for at least a month before being released to police custody. He is no longer in Bell County Jail.
Police went to an apartment in Killeen on Sept. 11 after receiving a report of an aggravated assault. An arrest affidavit states police found the alleged victim covered in blood with stab wounds to her hands and neck. The woman told police Myers stabbed her.
Witnesses at the scene said the woman ran out of the apartment screaming for help and covered with blood.
A few minutes later, Myers came out of the home with a gun in his hand and a bag. He fired one shot before getting into a car and leaving the residence, the affidavit states.
Police spotted a car matching the description near the intersection of Central Texas Expressway and Fort Hood Street. An officer attempted to stop the vehicle after he saw the driver commit a traffic violation.
The car accelerated to a high rate of speed and entered U.S. 190 headed west. The vehicle veered from lane to lane before making a hard right turn and crashed into the exit sign, the affidavit states.
The car then slid down a hill on the side of the highway and came to a stop. Emergency personnel had to remove the man, later identified as Myers ,from the vehicle and airlift him to Scott & White Hospital for treatment.
The grand jury also returned indictments against the following:
Zane Monroe Lopez, 21, of Belton, on a charge of burglary of a building.
Kenneth Wayne Phillips, 52, of Fort Worth, on a charge of possession of cocaine less than 1 gram.
Tamala Lachell Redmond, 41, of Temple, on a charge of possession of cocaine, 1 gram or more.
Breanna Lache Holmes, 23, of Temple, on a charge of harassment of a public servant.
Kristanae Daviette Wright, 22, of Temple, on a charge of theft of a firearm.
Cody Wayne Smith, 18, of Belton, on a charge of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine 4 grams or more.
Stephen Whitman, 42, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of cocaine 1 gram or more.
Jonathan Thomas Dorch, 18, of Harker Heights, on a charge of burglary of a habitation.
Joffre Jonathan Maldonado, 20, of Harker Heights, on a charge of burglary of a habitation.
Thelmore Alonzo Cumby, 23, on two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
German Gonzalez Sr., 39, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of cocaine less than 1 gram.
Billy Rhodes Jr., 55, of Killeen, on a charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine 1 gram or more.
Dorion Bernard Earnest, 26, of Killeen, on a charge of possession with intent to deliver MDMA 4 grams or more.
Ban Sa Vong, 46, of Killeen, on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.
Hung Viet Ha, 42, of Killeen, on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.
Hien Xieu La, 57, of Killeen, on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.
James Harlan Willingham, 27, of Killeen, on a charge of harassment of a public servant.
Jason Paul Young, 26, of Fort Hood, on a charge of assault by strangulation.
Cedric Bertran Wilson Jr., 32 of Killeen, on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
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