Deadly stabbing could be first capital murder case in years

Capital murder charges could be filed in death of former Cooper athlete

ABILENE, Texas - The deadly stabbing at The Grove apartment complex could be the first capital murder case in Taylor County in over four years.

Police are continuing to investigate the murder from Sunday that took the life of former Cooper High School football player, Kaleb Cory.

D'Angelo Bell is accused of stabbing Cory. If indicted, he could face serious punishment. There are only two punishments for a capital murder, life without parole or the death penalty.

Capital murder is knowingly and intentionally causing the death of someone and additionally committing a felony. There are nine possible qualifiers for a capital murder charge according to Texas Penal Code 19.03:

     1. The individual murders a police officer or a fireman.

     2. The person intentionally commits murder in the course of committing or attempting to commit kidnapping, burglary, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, arson, obstruction or retaliation, or a terroristic threat

      3. The person commits the murder for money

      4. The person commits the murder while escaping or attempting to escape from jail

      5. The person murders someone in jail or someone who works for the jail

      6. The person murders more than one person

      7. The person murders a child under the age of six

      8. The person murders someone from the courts for retaliation

There have been three capital murder trials in the past 25 years in Taylor County where the death penalty has been sought.

But, Taylor County District Attorney, James Eidson said the case still must go to the grand jury for an indictment before a punishment can even be decided.

"A person can be arrested early on and jailed for capital murder," said Eidson. "But, it's true that the grand jury will ultimately determine, if the evidence is gathered and will supports the charge of capital murder."

Bell is being held at the Taylor County Jail on bonds totaling $290,000.

Police are continuing to investigate this murder and it has not been given to the Taylor County District Attorney yet.

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