Murder

One week ago, Kera Teel’s family held a press conference at the police station in downtown Beaumont and made an emotional plea for help finding the killers who shot the young, pregnant mother, snuffing out the lives of Kera and her infant Kyndal Teel, who was born but later died at the hospital following the attack.

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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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Police in Beaumont are searching for the driver of a truck they believe could lead to answers in the unsolved capital murder of Kera Teel and her daughter Kyndal, reports Beaumont Police Department Officer Haley Morrow. 

According to Morrow, a white truck was recorded by the police dash cam of an officer responding to the June 6 shooting at 6155 Sienna Trails in the Sienna Trails Apartments. 

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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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Police in Orange are investigating an apparent suicide at Executive Inn that occurred April, reports the Officer Leslie Lovelace.

According to a police report from the Orange Police Department (OPD), Officer Lovelace responded to a call from the hotel regarding a gunshot victim in one of the rooms. Upon arrival, the officer discovered a white female lying on the bed with a head wound. A second white female was holding pressure to wound in an apparent attempt to stem the bleeding. Police report the victim died from her injuries. 

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Joseph Colone

On trial accused of murdering a woman and her teenage daughter because one of his victims had fingered him in a then-pending gameroom robbery case, Joseph Colone sits in Judge Raquel West’s Jefferson County 252nd District Court shackled to the floor under the constant watch of Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies. Starting Monday, March 20, Colone was brought to court to begin the long and arduous process of selecting a jury to hear the defendant’s capital murder case.

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Acting United States Attorney Brit Featherston announced Feb. 23 that four Southeast Texas men have been charged in a federal robbery conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas.

According to complaints filed in federal court, Micah Ledell Johnson, 37, of Humble; Darrell Paul Williams, 36, of Beaumont; Gerrick Leon Wade, 36, of Houston; and Eric Ray Johnson, 36, of Houston, are alleged to be involved in a conspiracy to commit interference with commerce by robbery in Beaumont, Corpus Christi and the Houston metro area.

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Alexandria “Lexy” Bertrand and Kelvin Lee Roy

A Beaumont man sentenced to 75 years in prison for his role in the death of a 16-year-old Vidor girl will have a chance to have his case reviewed – and possibly even be granted a new trial – now that Texas’ highest criminal appeals court has ruled there was judicial error in the original 2014 criminal trial proceedings.

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Allison Neil Clark

A 40-year-old Orange man has been sentenced to federal prison for violations related to the murder of a Port Acres woman in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston on Feb. 14.

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