By Justin Cox

Killeen Daily Herald

After spending more than a week under guard in area medical facilities, a Killeen man has been arraigned on a murder charge in the Aug. 20 shooting on Windward Drive.

Justice of the Peace Ted Duffield on Tuesday arraigned Christopher Ray Smith, 25, of Killeen, in connection with the shooting death of Anthony J. Hemingway 10 days ago. A shootout left Smith incapacitated until authorities arrived and arrested him.

According to the arrest affidavit, Killeen police responded to a call about shots being fired at 6:30 a.m. at a residence in the 1500 block of Windward Drive.

They arrived to find the back door ajar and evidence that it had been kicked in. Officers found Smith in the hallway outside the master bedroom on the floor; police found Hemingway's wallet and cell phone in Smith's possession, the affidavit said.

The affidavit further states that they found Hemingway's body just inside that bedroom; a pistol was under his body. Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin pronounced him dead at 7:23 a.m.

Smith, wearing a mask and gloves, told the officer he "dropped his gun," the affidavit stated.

The Bell County district attorney's office screened the homicide case and indicated that it will be pursuing murder charges against Smith when a grand jury convenes in the upcoming weeks. Potvin issued an arrest warrant for the hospitalized Smith and recommended the bond be set at $1 million.

Smith is in custody, recovering at the Bell County Jail infirmary from gunshot wounds.

Contact Justin Cox at or call (254) 501-7568

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