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CRIME New details emerge in pregnant mom's killing
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    "outside the box"

    New details emerge in pregnant mom's killing

    Authorities said on Friday they believe two 15-year-olds boys who were involved in a spree of summer robberies killed a pregnant Beaumont woman and her daughter in June.

    Johnny Phifer, 15, was certified Thursday to stand trial as an adult. He is charged with capital murder and attempted capital murder for his alleged role in robberies on June 6 and July 12.

    Dustin Bernard, 22, who was charged this summer with attempted capital murder in the July 12 robbery, is also a suspect in the June 6 killing of Kera Teel, according to a probable cause affidavit released on Friday.

    Kera Teel, 19, was seven months pregnant when she was shot in the parking lot of the SiennaTrails apartment complex just before 2 a.m. on June 6 during an attempted robbery. Kyndal Teel died after her birth at a Beaumont hospital.

    According to the affidavit, autopsies revealed that Kera died from gunshot wounds to her upper body, and Kyndal "died as a result of her mother dying."

    Bernard allegedly drove Phifer and another 15-year-old, who is in police custody but has not yet been certified to stand trial as an adult, to Sienna Trails in his black BMW, planning to burglarize cars and rob people, the affidavit states.

    Phifer told police that the other minor, wearing a white cloth over his face, tried to open Teel's car door. When she refused to open the door, he forcibly opened it and shot her, Phifer said.

    He told police that he and Bernard witnessed the shooting and that all three fled in the BMW to another location, where they attempted to rob another person, according to the affidavit.

    All three are accused in the affidavit of capital murder charges, though Bernard and the unnamed teen have not yet been charged.

    Randi King, chief of the Jefferson County District Attorney's Family Law Division, said Phifer was certified to stand trial as an adult on Thursday in Judge Larry Thorne's 317th District Court. Phifer was booked at the Jefferson County jail on Thursday night after being transferred from the Minnie Rogers Juvenile Justice Center, where he was being held on lesser charges.

    His bond is set at $2.5 million.

    Phifer is also charged with attempted capital murder for his alleged involvement in a July 12 robbery on Yorktown Lane, King said. Bernard was indicted by a Jefferson County Grand Jury in July on a charge of attempted capital murder for his alleged involvement in the same robbery.

    According to a probable cause affidavit filed in that incident, Phifer and another minor told police that Bernard drove them to the home on Yorktown Lane around 6 a.m., gave them guns and "collected them at the end of their activities."

    The other teen told police that he and Phifer saw the homeowner standing about 10 feet away, thought he had a gun and fired at him through a sliding glass door. They "ran to the waiting car, driven by Bernard," he said, who allegedly fired two shots in the air before driving away.

    Bernard was arrested in July on an outstanding probation violation warrant and four guns were found in the house, including one that was a forensic match to the weapon used in the Yorktown Lane shooting, according to the affidavit.

    Jefferson County Grand Jury Attorney Cory Kneeland said Wednesday that once the second minor is certified, charges against all three will be brought before a grand jury at the same time.

    A certification hearing has been set for a second juvenile expected to be charged in the case, King said. She declined to say when.

    Last month, prosecutors dropped charges against two other people arrested in the Teel case. Jared "Bulldog" Bias, who was charged with capital murder, and Atayanna Douglas, who was charged with attempted robbery, have both been released from custody.

    Police said Douglas, who initially identified Bias as the shooter in the Teel case, lied about her involvement with the case.

  2. #2
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    Jul 2005
    Happy on the mountain
    No civilized society would tolerate this kind of criminality.
    The wonder of our time isnít how angry we are at politics and politicians; itís how little weíve done about it. - Fran Porretto

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Central Illinois..halfway between here and there.
    Sorry, bullet to the head and be done with it. Ain't nobody got time for these thugs any more.
    Needs more cowbell.
    "The Constitution only gives people the right to persue happiness. You have to catch it yourself." --Benjamin Franklin
    Proud member of fly-over country

  4. #4
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    Feb 2012
    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    Sorry, bullet to the head and be done with it. Ain't nobody got time for these thugs any more.
    Absolutely. Give them the same consideration that they gave their victims.
    The word RACIST, and the ability to debate race-related issues rationally, are the kryptonite of white common sense.

    After the first one, the rest are free.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Looking Up
    Quote Originally Posted by Josie View Post
    Sorry, bullet to the head and be done with it. Ain't nobody got time for these thugs any more.
    He has even marked a target cross for you. Very thoughtful of him. I would range him out and give him a little pain and time to think before hitting the mark.
    "They wanted to be left alone to face challenges head-on, and to prosper from their own hard work and ingenuity...harsh country tends to produce strong people."-John Erickson

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Almost Cuba
    Texas. eh? Those boys will be getting the needle, not soon enough, but they will get it.
    "White Privilege" is liberalese for "White Competence."


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