BELTON — Temple teenager Kevin Hambrick was scheduled to plead Friday morning in a capital murder case, but now his case will be set for a jury trial.
A trial date wasn’t set Friday, Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza told the Telegram.
It wasn’t revealed why Hambrick refused a possible plea deal offered by the District Attorney’s Office or what the plea deal entailed.
Garza said he couldn’t commit on anything but the change that occurred.
Hambrick is charged with capital murder by terroristic threat/other felony and aggravated robbery in connection with the March 19 homicide of Savion Manuel, 19, of Copperas Cove.
He cannot be sentenced to the death penalty because he was under the age of 17 when the homicide occurred, according to the Texas Penal Code. However, Hambrick could be sentenced to life in prison for the capital murder if he is convicted.
Now 18, Hambrick was 16 when he and Cash Le’Anthony Hilliard allegedly robbed and shot Manuel, 19, of Copperas Cove. Manuel died from gunshot wounds to his chest.
Marqus Kejuaan Brown was found to be a witness to the events, so his status changed from suspect to witness.
Everything that occurred stemmed from a plan to commit an armed robbery to take a gaming system, an arrest affidavit said.
The shooting happened in a van at about 2:15 p.m. near Saulsbury and Betsy Ross drives in Temple.
CPR was started when Manuel was found, but he didn’t survive the shooting.
The three teens were found hiding inside a home in the 800 block of Betsy Ross Drive, according to the affidavit. The search for the teens even involved a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter.
A petition was filed by the Bell County Attorney’s office to certify Hambrick as an adult.
The investigation showed that Hilliard reportedly shot Manuel.
Hambrick was in the Bell County Jail Friday, held in lieu of bonds that totaled $250,000.
Hilliard remained jailed on bonds that totaled $1,275,000, and he is also charged with assaulting a public servant — a charge filed April 12 by the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.
The Manuel homicide was the seventh of 12 homicides in 2018 in Temple that resulted in 15 deaths and two suicides.