Man charged in beating death awaits trial
A Beaumont youth is dead, but police say they’ve caught the man responsible for bludgeoning him to death.
Terry Frazier was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury July 25, 2013, for capital murder in the death of Aaron John Leffage.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Examiner, police responded to St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Beaumont on July 4, 2012 where they found that 21-year-old Aaron John Leffage had been assaulted and dropped off by two unknown males.
Leffage was listed in critical condition and died some two days later at St. Elizabeth. An autopsy confirmed that Leffage had suffered blunt force trauma to the head and ruled his death a homicide.
Police later searched Leffage’s home at 5225 Wilshire in Beaumont where they found a bloody crime scene and multiple potential witnesses. Police took several sworn statements from those at the home, including at least one man who said Frazier confessed to killing Leffage.
According to the affidavit, the man gave details of the murder that only a person present at the crime scene would know. The man told police that Frazier “punched Leffage, knocking him to the ground, and then how he assaulted him with the baseball bat while Leffage was yelling and begging for him to stop. However, Frazier continued to strike Leffage with the baseball bat, causing Leffage’s fatal injuries.”
The man told police Frazier had also confessed to stealing money and drugs from Leffage, according to the affidavit.
Frazier is scheduled to appear before Judge Layne Walker’s 252nd Criminal District Court on Jan. 21.