capital murder

Beaumont police have a woman in custody for several aggravated robberies they say are linked to the murder of Kera Teel and her unborn daughter, Kyndal.

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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.

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Update: By June 10, donations to Crime Stoppers increased the reward for information leading to arrest in the capital murder of Kera Teel to $14,500.

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The reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects responsible for the capital murder of Kera Teel, a 19-year-old pregnant mother who was shot to death June 6, has been increased to $10,000 after local businesses and concerned citizens donated monies to increase the amount in order to encourage members of the public to come forward if they know anything. 

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Police looking for vehicle seen in vicinity

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"At about 1:45 this morning, my wife died in my arms,” Andrew Teel said, red-rimmed eyes glistening in the harsh lights from the television cameras surrounding him as he described 19-year-old Kera Teel’s final moments during a press conference June 6. “I don’t know if any of you have ever experienced anything like that. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.”

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On Tuesday, June 6, at about 1:50 a.m., Beaumont Police responded to Sienna Apartment Homes, in the 6100 block of Sienna Trails, in reference to shots fired.

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Byron Bush

Criminal proceedings against Beaumont resident Byron E. Bush, 37, accused of the attempted capital murder of two Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies, again resulted in a mistrial when jurors could not agree on a verdict Oct. 7 in Judge Larry Gist’s court.

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Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced May 12 that Melvin Spikes III, 42, of Beaumont, was found guilty of capital murder in the June 2012 strangulation death of Emerson Franklin.

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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.

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John David Sean "Shawn" Johnson

A second suspect sought by police in relation to the April 29 capital murder of local convenience store clerk Mettha (Metthananda) Kuruppu has been captured, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

According to news release from BPD, 19-year-old John David Sean "Shawn" Johnson was apprehended by U.S. Marshals in Spring, Texas at about 11:30 p.m. on May 8. 

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Police have identified and are currently searching for a second suspect in the capital murder of Mettha (Metthananda) Kuruppu, the convenience store clerk who was shot and killed while working at the Pick N Shop located at 870 S. Major Dr. in Beaumont on April 29, reported the Beaumont Police Department on May 7.

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