Suspect found guilty of triple capital murder

Suspect found guilty of triple capital murder

District Attorney Bob Wortham announced June 12 that Allen James Hancock, 32, of Beaumont has been found guilty of capital murder by a jury in the Criminal District Court, The Honorable John B. Stevens presiding.

On the evening of June 27, 2013, multiple gunmen opened fire on a group of individuals playing a game of dominoes at the intersection of Park and Prairie Streets in the south end of Beaumont. As the gunfire ceased, two men lay injured and three deceased, Preston Wilson, 62, Joshua Ceasar, 29, and MacGarrett Jack, 28, all of Beaumont.

As the gunmen fled the scene, their black Saturn VUE struck a truck parked nearby, leaving damage to both vehicles. Within a matter of hours, the quick thinking of Beaumont Police Department Officers responding to a subsequent hit and run call led investigators to Latrina Hall and the vehicle used in the homicides. Forensic analysts from both the Jefferson County Crime Lab and the Texas Department of Public Safety testified that in fact the vehicle of Ms. Hall and the vehicle observed by witnesses fleeing the scene were one in the same.

Ms. Hall testified that she repeatedly lied to the authorities in an attempt to steer the investigation away from her boyfriend, Allen Hancock. Jason Sims, a surviving gunshot victim, also positively identified the defendant both in a photo line-up in July of 2013, as well as in court. Many investigative hours logged by the Beaumont Police Department along with the hesitant assistance of those present and involved led to the missing pieces of the puzzle that the jury was asked to put together.

The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office asks anyone in the public with additional information that may lead to the arrest, indictment and prosecution of others involved in this triple homicide to immediately contact the Beaumont Police Department.

Following the jury’s verdict, Judge John Stevens sentenced Allen Hancock to a life sentence in the Texas Department of Corrections, without the possibility of parole, as is mandated by Texas law in a Non-Death Capital prosecution.

See previous coverage here: Police arrest shooter in triple homicide