Dexter Washington Sentenced To 25 Years

Dexter Washington Sentenced For Murder Of Luis Angel Santiago Jr.

Killeen News Now – A judge sentenced Dexter Washington to 25 years for the murder of 28-year-old Luis Angel Santiago Jr. on June 18, 2019.

Dexter Washington is one of four men accused of the shooting death of Luis Angel Santiago Jr. in 2019. Washington pleaded guilty and received a sentence of 25 years in prison. Three co-defendants in the case have a jury trial date later this year.

According to court documents, on Sept. 11, 2019, Dexter Washington, 49; Shyheem Jubar Washington, 23; and Eric David Madden, 24; were indicted on first-degree felony charges of murder related to the shooting death of Luis Angel Santiago Jr.

A grand jury indicted Javonte Jervar Washington, 15 years old at the time of the murder on Dec. 4, 2019. Washington is now 19 and will stand trial as an adult.

According to an affidavit, on June 18, 2019, officers with the Killeen police were dispatched to the 1900 block of Fleetwood Drive and Greengate Drive in response to calls about gunfire. Upon arrival, officers found a man with gunshot wounds to his legs and chest.
Witnesses told investigators that four black arrived in a blue Chrysler, and a verbal altercation ensued between the group and the victim. Shyheem Washington started shooting at Santiago. The other three men joined him.

A doorbell camera revealed evidence supporting witness accounts. Investigators recovered .40-caliber and 9-mm shell casings at the scene.

Officers located the Chrysler in the 3300 block of Stan Schlueter Loop at CVS. All men were in the two cars. Investigators found .40-caliber and 9-mm handguns in a Nissan and a 9-mm bullet in Dexter Washington’s pocket.

Kristine Whitehead Charged With Kidnapping And Interfering With Child Custody

Kristine Whitehead charged with kidnapping and interfering

Killeen News Now – Kristine Whitehead, the mother of three young children that are still missing, has been charged with kidnapping and Interfering with child custody.

According to the Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office, Kristine Whitehead, is in Lampasas County Jail after turning herself in Wednesday. A judge set Her bond at $100,000 on the kidnapping charge and $10,000 for interfering with child custody. An Amber Alert was issued Saturday. According to the Amber Alert, Whitehead’s children, Christopher Robertson II, Christine Robertson, and Kristen Robertson, were last seen with her on June 3, possibly traveling in a White Toyota Tundra. Investigators believe Whitehead took her children from an address in Lampasas to an undisclosed location. The Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office asked the FBI and the U.S. Marshals to help find the children. In an interview with a local news outlet, Whitehead said that her children were safe and that she believes the Amber Alert to be unnecessarily issued in her custody case.

News Wrap Up #4 – July 16, 2022

Killeen News Now Edition 4

Killeen News Now – Whataburger, thousand without power, Vanessa Guillen, Ink Masters, Ricardo Manuele Davila-DeJesus, a gun in Pershing Park, Matthew Ryan McKenzie, COVID19 Centaurus, and more in edition 4.

Local News

  • Whataburger, a popular fast-food hamburger restaurant located at 2509 E. Trimmier Road has temporarily closed for improvements.
  • According to an Oncor representative, the high winds, lightning, and rain that quickly passed over the City of Killeen on July 14, resulted in approximately 2,500 businesses and residences being left without power. The number of outages including Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Nolanville, and Fort Hood, was nearly 3,500.
  • The family of a slain soldier, Specialist Vanessa Guillen, met with army leadership at Fort Hood Tuesday. Natalie Khawam, a lawyer for the family of Spc. Vanessa Guillen, accompanied Guillen’s sister, Mayra Guillen, to meet the Army’s top lawyer, Carrie Ricci, and Gabriel Camarillo, the undersecretary of the Army. Khawam, Mayra Guillen, and Ricci toured Fort Hood’s People First Center. The People First Center is a training facility is designed for units. Training focuses on Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention, suicide prevention, domestic violence prevention, and substance abuse prevention. Training is conducted through an activity-based course.
  • Ink Masters will host a tattoo expo at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, at 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive from Thursday through Sunday.
  • Ricardo Manuele Davila-DeJesus, 29, of Austin, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for his role in an alcohol-fueled altercation that took place on Feb. 6, 2021, outside a barracks on Fort Hood. During that altercation, Davila discharged a firearm in the direction of another soldier. Davila-DeJesus was subdued and disarmed by witnesses. As he was being transported to a holding facility, he struck one officer, spit in the face of another, and repeatedly kicked the back door of the patrol vehicle. He pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers.
  • A large police presence at the entrance to the Pershing Park area of Fort Hood Family Housing led to false reports of an active shooter in the area. The Directorate of Emergency Services Law Enforcement Division responded to a report of 2 suspicious males in the area. One was detained while the other fled. The detained individual was a juvenile military dependent in possession of a firearm. He was arrested. Military Police will continue to search for the second individual. Due to his age, the identity of the individual that was arrested, will not be released.
  • According to an affidavit, Matthew Ryan McKenzie, 21, was indicted for the assault of a public servant after an incident that took place on Aug. 23, 2021. At that time the Killeen Police Department was investigating the scene of a traffic accident in the 2700 block of East Rancier Avenue. Ryan attempted to drive around the accident scene using the wrong side of the road. He was stopped by a Fire Fighter and made a U-turn in the street. As he left the scene, he ran over an officer’s foot. An officer in a patrol vehicle attempted to stop McKenzie but he sped away. He was identified by license plate and driver’s license photo. His bond was initially set at $100,000, but he was released on his own recognizance.

World News

  • Centaurus is not an official name of any known COVID19 variant. The WHO has not given BA.2.75, or other omicron subvariants names because they do not substantially differ in terms of Omicron’s main characteristics, such as immune escape and preference to infect the upper respiratory tract.

Jovino Jamel Roy 25 Years For Murder of Michael Wardrobe

Jovino Jamel Roy guilty in Michael Wardrobe Murder

Killeen News Now – Jovino Jamel Roy, 24, of Copperas Cove, pleaded guilty to the murder of Michael Wardrobe and a judge sentenced him to 25 years.

According to an affidavit, Jovino Jamel Roy shot Michael Wardrobe five times on March 23, 2020, at a home in the 3700 block of Dustin Court. Roy has been held in the Bell County Jail since March 25, 2020. He was indicted on a first-degree felony charge of murder on Aug. 12, 2020. He pleaded guilty during a hearing on Nov. 23, 2021.

Court documents show that Ashley Roy (Roy’s estranged wife at the time) began dating Michael Wardrobe toward the end of 2019. Jovino Jamel Roy was not happy about the situation and spent time harassing and threatening the couple. The harassment and threats culminated on the night of March 23, 2020, when Roy took the life of Michael Wardrobe with a firearm.

Shanique Parker Guilty, Gets 20 Years

Shanique Parker Killeen

Shanique Parker, of Killeen, was sentenced to twenty years in prison for causing an injury to a 2-month-old boy she was babysitting that resulted in the child’s death.

According to an affidavit, Shanique Parker, now 31, threw 2-month-old Quan Kendrick Devin Scott into a car seat in a manner that caused a fatal fracture to his skull. Parker told investigators that she was frustrated with the child’s mother for leaving the children in her care for a period of time longer than they agreed upon. Shanique Shaniel-Shavon Parker, has been held in the Bell County Jail since being booked on Jan. 23, 2020. On March 18, 2020, she was indicted for injury to a child with intentional severe bodily injury. Her bond was set at $1 million and never posted. Her trial began on June 28. On July 5, a jury found Parker guilty of a lesser charge of reckless injury to a child. Reckless injury to a child is a second-degree felony with a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison. The jury sentenced parker to twenty years in prison.

Linda Cooley-Martin

Linda Cooley-Martin

A funeral Mass for Linda Cooley-Martin will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church in Harker Heights. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.

Mrs. Cooley-Martin died June 25, 2022, at her home in Spicewood.

She was born Feb. 22, 1956, in Shirley, Mass., to Leonard & Theresia Spring.

Linda’s family settled in Killeen in 1966, where she attended Sugar Loaf Elementary, Nolan Junior High, and Killeen High School, graduating in 1974. While attending the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Linda began her career at First National Bank Texas. Linda received numerous prestigious awards during her 47-year career with First National Bank Texas.

Her most recent awards included: Bank-wide Regional Manager of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2018; as well as retail lending recognition in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Linda holds the bank record for most consecutive months as the number one region in the company. She was a recipient of the bank’s Presidential Coin of Excellence in 2018 and was recognized with 37 other awards during the past decade.

Linda loved traveling to anywhere that included a beach. She also loved shopping, baking cupcakes and brownies, watching her son and grandson play sports, all things Texas Longhorns, Dallas Cowboys, and Texas Rangers, and her English bulldogs, Lily and Lucy.

Mrs. Cooley-Martin was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Theresia Spring.

She is survived by her loving husband of 17 years, Greg Martin; son, Lance Cooley (Natasha); sister, Debra Havens; brother, Karlheniz Leifels; grandchildren, Cash, Aiden, Nellie, and John Austin; step-children, Sara, Natali, and Cristian; nieces, Karin (Roland) and Kelli (Chase); nephew, Kyle (Liz); great-nieces, Martina, Peyton and Skylar; great-nephew, Grayson, and many other family members, friends and colleagues.

In lieu of flowers, please donate, in Linda’s memory, to the charity or organization of your choice.

Visitation for will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. A recitation of the rosary will be at 7 p.m.

Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen will be handling all arrangements.

News Wrap Up #3 – June 10, 2022


Caysen Tyler Allison, Ginger Diane Brown, Missing Children, Jessica Colleen Robinson, a lawsuit against American Airlines, a CDC policy change, and more in News Wrap Up #3.

Local News

  • A Bell County grand jury indicted Caysen Tyler Allison, 18, of Temple, on a murder charge for his role in the stabbing death of a classmate at Belton High School. Allison remains in custody at the Bell County Jail for the first-degree felony and a Class A misdemeanor assault charge. His bonds total more than $1 million.
  • According the the Copperas Cove Police Department, Ginger Diane Brown, 46, is the name of the previously unidentified woman found unresponsive lying under a tree at Ogletree Gap Park, 1878 Post Office Road, at approximately 8:07 p.m. Tuesday. No foul play is suspected.
  • According to a DFPS report released in May, the state of Texas has 45,870 children in its care. One thousand seven hundred and sixty seven children under the state’s care went missing 3,528 times last year. Eighteen of those children were from Bell County. Two of those children passed away while missing.
  • Jessica Colleen Robinson, a woman held in the Coryell County jail for theft of lumber, is now charged with the murder of Elizabeth Ann Romero, of Waco. Romero was reported missing on April 8. Robinson’s mother and a witness present at the scene, told investigators that Robinson shot Romero twice in the chest at an address in the 800 block of Moccasin Bend Road in Gatesville on April 1 and disposed of her body. Law enforcement official have yet to locate Romero’s body.

State News

  • A 26-page lawsuit against American Airlines was filed Monday in a Texas court by Michael Lowe, a professional outdoorsman and career guide that spent 17 days in jail after being misidentified by police investigating a burglary at a duty-free shop in Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in 2020.

National News

  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will end the requirement for travelers to test negative for Covid-19 before entering the US on Sunday.

World News

  • According to federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, Colombia extradited Martin Perez, former commander of a FARC paramilitary unit known as the 30th Front from 2011 to 2014, to the United States to face drug trafficking charges.

Jessica Renee Lattimore Sentenced To 5 Years

Jessica Renee Lattimore

A judge sentenced Jessica Renee Lattimore to a prison term of 5 years for running over her ex-boyfriend’s girlfriend with her car in 2018.

According to court documents, on the evening of April 15, 2018, a Harker Heights police officer was stopped by a woman in the parking lot of the police department as he was leaving. The woman told him she saw a woman run over by a car nearby. The officer went back into the building. Inside he met a man that told him the woman that ran over his girlfriend was also in the building. The officer located Lattimore and asked her if she was driving the car that hit the woman. Lattimore acknowledged she was the driver of the vehicle. The woman that stopped that officer said that Lattimore struck the woman and broke her leg, then backed up and left the scene before circling back around to try to run them over a second time. Lattimore told the officer she just wanted to hurt her ex-boyfriend. A grand jury indicted Jessica Renee Lattimore on May 30, 2018, on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Bell County court records show several trial dates set in her case. Her case never made it to trial. She pleaded guilty on March 16 in the 27th Judicial District Court. At a sentencing hearing in June, a judge sentenced Lattimore to 5 years in prison.

John Douglas Clay

John Douglas Clay

Memorial services for retired Sgt. 1st Class John Douglas Clay, 77, of Killeen, will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Chisolm’s Family Funeral Home in Killeen. Inurnment with full military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.

Mr. Clay died June 1, 2022, in Killeen.

He was born Jan. 6, 1945, in Brenham.

Chisolm’s Family Funeral Home in Killeen is in charge of local arrangements.

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News Wrap Up #2 – May 29, 2022

Marijuana, the Killeen Family Aquatic Center, boil water notices, High School graduations, the Uvalde school shooting, Tropical Smoothie, Burkina Faso, and more in News Wrap Up #2.

Local News

  • Advocates for the legalization of marijuana, delivered a petition to Killeen City Hall containing the signatures of more than 3,000 people hoping to decriminalize low level possession of the drug inside city limits.
  • The Killeen Family Aquatic Center located in Lion’s Club Park at 1800 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, is open for the Memorial Day weekend.
  • The new Tropical Smoothie Cafe located in Wendland Plaza, near the intersection of Fort Hood Street and Interstate 14, is in the final stages of construction.
  • The city of Killeen will temporarily suspend bulk collection service from May 30 to September 30. The city will however continue to pick up sticks and branches too big to fit in normal trash cans.
  • On February 28, 2020, Nolanville Police found Orlando Rolshaw Turner, 40, and a passenger in an overturned vehicle on a 2-lane highway. The passenger had a fractured spine and a liver laceration. Both were taken to a hospital in Temple for treatment. Turner’s blood-alcohol level was .276. On May 19, 2022, Turner was found guilty of a third-degree felony charge of intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury. Turner was ordered to write a letter of apology to the victim and complete a term at a substance abuse felony punishment facility run by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
  • 570 Shoemaker High School seniors graduated on Saturday.
  • According to an affidavit, an unidentified woman told police that Taylor Shea Davis accused her of being involved with her boyfriend, then took her wallet and removed the cash from it. The woman that gave Davis a ride to the location where she confronted the woman, gave a similar statement. Davis was charged with theft from person and remains in Bell County jail on a bond set at $20,000.
  • A boil water notice has been issued for residents and businesses near Harker Heights High School following a water main break on Friday.

State News

  • At the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, the Justice Department has opened a critical incident review into law enforcement’s handling of the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

National News

  • Delaware will be the only state in the U.S. without regularly scheduled commercial airline service when frontier airlines discontinues service in the state on June 6.

World News

  • Armed Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and ISIS killed nearly 50 people in a part of eastern Burkina Faso on Thursday. The victims were traveling to a town in the nearby commune of Pama.
  • The first hurricane of the eastern Pacific season, Agatha, is currently located 185 miles southwest of Puerto Angel and producing sustained winds of 110 mph (177 km/h).