Capital murder trial begins for man accused of killing two women in Bell County

Posted at 3:33 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-24 21:31:43-04

Rico Doyle, who has been charged with the murder of two people in Killeen, could be sentenced to death if a Bell County jury convicts him of capital murder.

Doyle is accused of killing Kysha Edmond-Gray, 42, and Deanna Buster, 38, at the former Village West apartments in Killeen on April 21, 2015. Gray was the manager of the complex and Doyle was a maintenance worker.

Police said getting help from civilians is invaluable in such cases. It can help them get someone armed and dangerous off the streets when it happened three years ago.

"Citizens don't understand just how much we rely on them," Killeen PD spokesperson Carroll Smith said. "Because our officers can't be everywhere at the same time. We can't see everything. So we rely on the citizens to help us. And if they see anything that's out of the ordinary or suspicious or anything that they think is just not right, we ask them to call us." 

On Wednesday, prosecutors called two witnesses to the stand and police officers who responded to the scene in the 400 block of Gilmer Street.

Brenda Holley, one of the residents of the Village West apartments, testified the sound of three gunshots woke her up around 3 a.m. on April 21, 2015. She said when she looked through her kitchen window, she could see Doyle shooting while running backwards. She added she saw someone standing in the front door of one of the apartments. However, when the shooting was over, Buster was on the ground.

With additional pictures, defense attorneys questioned whether Holley could see that clearly from her vantage point.

Holley admitted she didn't see him directly shooting at any of the four people who were with him at the gathering they were having near the apartments of Edmond-Gray and Doyle.

Doyle is also accused of hurting three other people during the shooting, including his ex-girlfriend Tiffany Graves. On Wednesday, she testified that Doyle shot her in the left arm when she was in the parking lot of the apartment complex. She said she sped off and left the scene scared and ended up crashing into a business nearby.

Prosecutors played a dash cam video recording from Killeen Police Officer William Pereyra who can be heard asking Graves off camera the identity of her shooter. She can be heard saying Doyle shot her for an unknown reason at the Village West apartments where he lived.

Doyle was a suspect in a murder in 2007 but his murder charge was downgraded to criminally negligent homicide in a plea deal in 2011.

If found guilty Doyle could face life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

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