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Willis Everett Washington II

A man was charged with murder Thursday morning in connection to the death of a Harker Heights woman Tuesday.

Willis Everett Washington II, 49, was arrested around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Copperas Cove. He was taken to the Bell County Jail on an investigative hold.

After the investigation was complete, a warrant on a murder charge was brought, and Justice of the Peace Cliff Coleman and set his bond at $1 million, according to Heights police.

Harker Heights police went to the 800 block of Trail Crest around 3 a.m. Tuesday for a call of a gunshot victim. When they arrived, they saw Latonya Washington, 47, dead with a gunshot wound.

A woman with knowledge of the incident told police that she had heard Willis Washington and Latonya Washington arguing, according to an arrest affidavit.

Police said the woman told them that she heard Latonya Washington yell “‘please stop,’” and not long after, she heard what she thought was a gunshot, the affidavit said.

The woman said Willis Washington told her Latonya Washington was dead. He gave her more than one explanation to how it happened and left the residence with a firearm, the affidavit said.

Police said the woman told her that Willis Washington was afraid of being blamed, so he told her “‘no gun, no evidence.’”

After he was arrested, Willis Washington admitted that he and Latonya Washington were arguing and that the gun in his hand discharged, the affidavit said.

After performing an autopsy, a medical examiner listed the cause of death as “homicide,” according to the affidavit.

Washington was also arraigned on a separate charge on Tuesday — tampering with evidence. His bond for that charge is $500,000.

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