By Michelle Guffey
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON A hearing that was to take place Thursday morning was reset for next week for a 25-year-old Belton man accused of taking part in the fatal shooting of an Eddy man.
Jason Robert Dowling is charged in the Nov. 1, 2005, death of Les Wayne Rash Jr.
Defense attorneys for Dowling asked for an examining trial, which will take place Jan. 12.
An examining trial is a pre-indictment hearing where the state has to produce witnesses showing probable cause, Assistant District Attorney Michael Waldman said.
The defendant has the right to an examining trial, but after he is indicted, that right is gone, the prosecutor said.
Dowling is in the Bell County Jail on three separate bonds totaling $235,000 on charges of capital murder, murder and theft of over $1,500.
Roy Andrew Lewis, 29, of Harker Heights is also charged in Rashs murder and is in the Bell County Jail on a $1 million bond.
Dowling is accused of helping Lewis kill the 25-year-old Eddy man for more than $18,000 that they were defrauding from him by promise of a business venture.
Lewis states that the plan was to kill Rash so they could keep control of Rashs money and prevent him from reporting the scheme to authorities. Lewis was to hold Rash at gunpoint while he took the money in the form of cashiers checks.
In the arrest affidavit, police say Lewis told them that he shot Rash in the head with a rifle at Lewis residence, and that he and Dowling placed the body in the container prior to moving it to land owned by Lewiss family in Williamson County, Ill.
Once there, Lewis and Dowling burned the body in an attempt to destroy evidence of the killing.
The affidavit states that Rashs bank records show approximately $18,000 in unaccounted-for funds. The checks were cashed by Ricky Fowler who told police that he was contacted by Lewis about cashing checks that were drawn on Rashs account.
Lewis told police that Dowling received $18,000 for his part in the killing. Dowlings father said that his son came to his house on Nov. 10 with more than $14,000 in large bills.
Dowlings girlfriend, Paula Henley, was with the defendant when he went to his fathers house. When Dowling told him about the money, Henley said Dowling told his father he had done something bad.
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