Police: Robbery likely factor in Abilene teen's murder, drug involvement still under investigation

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Police believe robbery played a factor in the murder of an Abilene teen, and they're still investigating the possibility of drugs being involved. 

Sergeant Lynn Beard with the Abilene Police Department revealed this information during a Wednesday afternoon press conference held to clarify the sequence of events that led to the shooting death of Bronson Boyles, 19. 

Detectives are still sifting through the specifics of what transpired Friday night when Boyles was shot in a common area of an apartment complex on the 1000 block of S. Clack Street, but Sgt. Beard did say multiple witnesses placed three suspects - D'Jaman West, 19, D'Audre Hight-Ealy, 20, and Jerel Mathis, 18 - at the scene of the crime. All three suspects were arrested on Tuesday and are being held in the Taylor County Jail on bonds totaling at least $700,000 for Murder and Aggravated Robbery. 

Not much additional information about the shooting was released, just that witnesses told police all three suspects were involved in an altercation with Boyles at the time of the shooting. Police are not disclosing what that confrontation was about. 

Police are also not commenting on which of the three suspects fired the fatal shot. Court documents state witnesses saw West standing over Boyles with a gun after a single shot was heard, but all documents that detail the involvement Hight-Ealy and Mathis had in the crime have been sealed from the public.

It is believed that all three suspects fled the scene in the same vehicle immediately after Boyles was shot. 

During the press conference, Sgt. Beard said every unit in the apartment complex has been canvassed in the over 100 hours APD's 20-man team has spent investigating this murder, and several items have been seized and processed into evidence.  

He also said that the District Attorney will decide if the suspects will have their charges upgraded to Capital Murder.

Taylor County Jail records reveal two suspects, West and Hight-Ealy, have a history with violent crime. Hight-Ealy has previously been arrested for multiple assaults. West has been charged with Aggravated Robbery in Taylor County in the past, and Sgt. Beard confirmed he has also issued Robbery warrants out of Bexar County. 

BigCountryHomepage will continue to get the latest information on Boyles' murder as the investigation continues. Check back for any updates!

 


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