Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Door to door terror in the dark of the night

Ft. Hood attack ends at Cow bayou near I-35

Killeen –  Conditions on Pecan Creek Road in rural Killeen are tense.

Front gate at 2383 Pecan Creek Road, Killeen
 Approaching the front gate of the home of a Killeen man whose associate is accused of trying to kill him with a handgun, the scene gets spooky when the automatic gate slowly creeks open and the shape of trucks and trailers emerge from the brush amid dense fog.

Neighbors flip on lights, then appear in their yards to observe. They are heard saying, “I haven't seen that vehicle stop there before. Wonder what those guys are doing...”

Cassyne Malveaux, 32, has a residential history that includes addresses near three major Army bases – Ft. Lewis, Washington, Ft. Collins, Colorado, and Ft. Hood, Texas.

According to a comprehensive data base used by lawmen, skip tracers, bond recovery agents and repo men, he lives at 2383 Pecan Creek Road with others, including Kathleen Malveaux, whose date of birth is in 1955.

The story of how and why Malveaux left his hilltop home built on a brushy lot on a dead end winding country lane that branches off FM 2670 at Hwy 195 in a fashionable neighborhood near Ft. Hood, only to be found unconscious and unable to communicate due to a .22 caliber bullet wound to his head where he lay on a jogging path in a rural location near Lorena took detectives a few days to piece together.

Narrow driveway at 1277 Hatch Road
A caretaker who found him bleeding at first thought he was dead. When Emergency Medical Technicians determined he'd been shot and was still alive, they rushed him to a Waco hospital where surgeons saved his life, an apparent victim of a gangland hit, shot with a small caliber bullet in the head, dumped and left for dead. As near as police could tell, he'd been there overnight, drifting in and out of consciousness.

Said Chief McLennan County Sheriff's Office Deputy Matt Cawthon, “That victim sure didn't want to talk. He wasn't saying a word, at first.”

As the days went by and Malveaux began to recover, Detective Steve Janics teamed up with Killeen Police Department detective Kevin Tramp, who used his knowledge of Malveaux's known associates to determine that he had been seen with Johnell Lewis Britton, 32, on the previous day.

In an affidavit of probable cause, Detective Janics declared that Detective Tramp located Britton in the Bell County Jail, where he was locked up on other charges, and was able to “develop” Britton as a suspect.

According to Deputy Cawthon, a veteran of the Texas Rangers and a former employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division seconded to the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at Waco, the story emerged as both men began to tell investigators they had traveled to a Lorena address near 1277 Hatch Road, which intersects Old Bethany Rd. just off I-35 and rapidly descends to the banks of North Cow Bayou.

It's not really our case, but it happened here, so we get it and we're going to prosecute it.”

Before the shooting took place, the men planned a home invasion-burglary, and as they searched for the targeted residence, which they were finding diifficult to locate in the dark amid the dense foliage near a narrow driveway at 1277 Hatch Road, reflexes got the better of Britton.
A mirror warns of approaching cars at 1277 Hatch Road

During a jailhouse interview in Bell County, Detective Tramp determined that “Britton shot Malveaux multiple times in the head because Britton thought that Malveaux was going to shoot Britton.” A report notes that Malveaux was dressed in black sweat pants, a black t-shirt and black underwear.

Detective Janics obtained an arrest warrant for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon from McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. Peterson, and a magistrate charged Britton at the McLennan County Courthouse on October 22.

The offense is a second degree felony. Judge Peterson set no bond.

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