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Harker Heights police arrest man for murder at Club Krush

Posted at 9:15 AM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 11:44:37-04

HARKER HEIGHTS, TX — Harker Heights Police have arrested a man for a murder at Club Kush on March 15.

Cleve Dantron Marcel Franklin was taken into custody in Austin, TX at approximately 11:55AM, 3/18/2020 in reference to a Warrant for Murder.

Franklin was transported to Bell County Jail from Travis County where he remains in custody. Franklin was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Cliff Coleman with a bond set at $1,000,000.00.

Officers were dispatched to Club Krush located at 201 W. Veterans Memorial Blvd around 3:27 a.m. on March 15 in reference to a shooting with reported injuries.

On arrival, Harker Heights Police Officers located the victim.

The victim has been identified as 32-year-old Michael Anthony Hackney, Jr., of Killeen, Texas.

Both security officers for the club and Harker Heights Police performed CPR on the victim, according to police.

Harker Heights Fire Department EMS arrived on location and transported the victim to Scott & White Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

While at the scene, officers learned of a second shooting victim who was being treated for nonlife threatening injuries at Darnell Army Medical Hospital.

Witnesses indicated the incident started as a verbal argument escalating to a fight and then to the shooting.

The suspect was described as a black male between 5’4” – 5’9” who fled the scene in a black or dark gray Dodge Charger.

The Harker Heights Police Criminal Investigation Division is asking anyone with information about this homicide to contact them at 254-953-5440. Individuals may also provide information to Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com. All information is confidential and anonymous and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.