District Attorney drops capital murder charges against two men

Terry Euglon and Terry Frazier were arrested July 2, 2013.

The Jefferson County District Attorney’s office dismissed capital murder charges against Terry Euglon and Terry Frazier on March 16, after prosecutors revealed witnesses to the 2012 murder recanted their previous statements.

Euglon and Frazier were arrested July 2, 2013, just a few days shy of the one-year anniversary of Aaron Leffage’s death. Both awere charged with severely beating Leffage, who was left at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth on July 3, 2012 by two friends. He later died of severe blunt force trauma to the head July 5, 2012. Police said the murder took place in the 5200 block of Wilshire Street in Beaumont’s North End.

At the time of the arrests, Beaumont Police Department Detective Aaron Lewallen told The Examiner that investigators had collected crime lab data, phone records, and witness statements, evidence connecting Frazier and Euglon to the crime. However, the DA’s office decided late Wednesday morning that it wasn’t enough to prosecute the two suspects, and after holding them on $1 million bonds each for the last two years and nine months, dropped the charges.

Prosecutor Rachel Grove stated, “Key witnesses vital to the state’s case have recanted their statements and are no longer cooperative, damaging our ability to prove the case to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. While we, of course, regret not being able to proceed at this time, the case is being referred back to the Beaumont Police Department for additional investigation in the hopes that we will be able to successfully prosecute at a later date.”