BELTON — A Bell County judge at a bond review hearing on Friday decided against reducing bonds for two men accused of involvement in a homicide in August as the state considers adding more charges.
Myshan Leandre Diggles, 30, and Malik Devante Chrystal, 21, are both listed in the Bell County Jail on bonds of $200,000 each on a third-degree felony charge of deadly conduct, discharge firearm, according to jail records.
Diggles and Chrystal, who were indicted on Sept. 4, have not been charged with murder in the shooting death of 18-year-old Zeontre Da’Shon Horton on Aug. 28. Police found Horton around 11:06 a.m., lying in the parking lot of the Bridgewater Retreat Apartments on West Hallmark Avenue. He was suffering from a gunshot wound.
Horton was taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in critical condition and pronounced dead at 12:35 p.m.
Judge Fancy Jezek, after hearing brief arguments at the bench from the defendant’s attorneys and the assistant district attorney, kept the bond amounts the same.
Assistant District Attorney Mike Waldman, who is prosecuting both cases, told the judge that the case is still being investigated and that the district attorney’s office is considering more charges.
“We have an obvious concern about safety in the community, with gunfire in the middle of the day at an apartment complex,” Waldman told the judge as he argued against reducing bond.
Diggles’s attorney, Joseph Wiener, said that his client’s mother wants her son to be out of the Bell County area. Chrystal’s attorney, Christopher Wohleb, asked Jezek to consider reducing bond and that his client would be able to reside with his mother.
The mothers of both Diggles and Chrystal told the Herald last month that the shooting was in self-defense and that Horton and his friends had been harassing Diggles, who has a deformed left arm, and surrounded him the day of the shooting.
The Killeen Police Department has not verified the mothers’ account of the incident.