Trial date set in federal case against ex-Fort Hood soldier in alleged shooting incident

A trial date has been set for later this year in a federal case against an ex-Fort Hood soldier accused of shooting his pistol at a soldier earlier this month on post.

Ricardo Manuele Davila-DeJesus, 28, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 9 on a felony charge of aggravated assault with intent to do bodily harm. He pleaded not guilty a few days later, on Feb. 11, according to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas.

The court then set a date of April 19 for jury selection to begin the case, which will be heard at the U.S. courthouse in Waco.

U.S. District Judge Alan Albright will hear the case, court documents show.

DeJesus was being held in the McLennan County Jail on Friday with no bond listed.

A detention hearing will be held on March 16. Several prior detention hearings were re-set because of the weather. During detention hearings, judges are tasked with determining whether a defendant should be held in jail without bond or whether a bond should be set in the case.

Allegations

The allegation stems back to Feb. 6, when police said that Davila-DeJesus became intoxicated and later shot his handgun toward a soldier, according to a 4-page affidavit written by an FBI agent who investigated the incident.

The agent was notified by military police investigators “that they had received a report of an assault within special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the U.S. occurring on the Fort Hood military installation,” according to the affidavit.

At around 12:50 a.m. on Feb. 6, military police responded to a location on Fort Hood after a report of shots fired in the vicinity of Building 9421. “Upon arrival, the MPs patrol observed Davila-DeJesus being aggressive toward and non-compliant with others at the scene,” police said. “MPs also observed a Glock 30, .45-caliber handgun, which had been recovered from Davila-DeJesus.”

Police said that Davila-DeJesus had been inside the building with other people, when he became intoxicated and argumentative. Multiple people attempted to find a ride home for Davila-DeJesus.

“Davila-DeJesus was arguing with (the victim, a soldier) outside the barracks when Davila-DeJesus retrieved the Glock 30 firearm…and pointed the firearm at (the victim). (The victim), who was in fear for his life, turned and ran from Davila-DeJesus into the building,” according to the affidavit.

The victim said he heard three gunshots coming from the direction of Davila-DeJesus, who was “subdued and disarmed by others” following the alleged shooting.

Police said they found spent shell casings at the scene.

“MPs detained Davila-DeJesus, (who) became aggressive and non-compliant,” according to the affidavit.

If convicted, Davila-DeJesus faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

Four 3rd Cavalry Regiment “Brave Rifles” troopers were honored on Feb. 23 for their actions during the incident. The four soldiers confronted Davila-DeJesus, disarmed and subdued him, according to their accounts of the incident in a Herald story on Feb. 23.

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