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  • Driver dies at Abilene hospital after 18-wheeler bridge crash

    By Rachel Smith, Associate Producer, rsmith@ktxs.com
    Published On: Jul 29 2014 05:11:01 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 30 2014 08:50:21 AM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    A 62-year-old man was pronounced dead at an Abilene hospital Tuesday, one day after he lost control of his 18-wheeler and it flew over the side of a bridge and onto I-20

    Louis E. Everett had been hospitalized at Hendrick Medical Center.

    The 18-wheeler was hauling concrete near Elmdale Road when Everett, suffering from an unknown medical condition, lost control of the rig. The 18-wheeler went off the side of the bridge, sailing through the air, before going down the embankment and coming to rest on 1-20.

    Traffic was diverted onto the access road while the accident was cleaned up.

  • Abilene car chase ends with man taken into custody

    By Trace Headrick, Evening Producer, theadrick@ktxs.com
    Published On: Jul 30 2014 09:50:16 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 30 2014 09:50:28 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    An arrest has been made after a man fled from a Taylor County Sheriff's deputy Wednesday just before 8 p.m. in Abilene.

    The man was being pulled over while the deputy was trying to arrest him on suspicion of a parole violation.

    The chase occurred in South Abilene near South 7th and came to an end with help from Abilene police near the intersection of Corsicana and Laguna.

    The driver was arrested and his vehicle was hauled off.

    Police have not named the man arrested.

  • Deadly stabbing could be first capital murder case in years

    By Elizabeth Weiss, Crime/Courts Reporter, eweiss@ktxs.com
    Published On: Jul 29 2014 07:27:51 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 29 2014 09:11:56 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    The deadly stabbing at The Grove apartment complex could be the first capital murder case in Taylor County in over four years.

    Police are continuing to investigate the murder from Sunday that took the life of former Cooper High School football player, Kaleb Cory.

    D’Angelo Bell is accused of stabbing Cory. If indicted, he could face serious punishment. There are only two punishments for a capital murder, life without parole or the death penalty.

    Capital murder is knowingly and intentionally causing the death of someone and additionally committing a felony. There are nine possible qualifiers for a capital murder charge according to Texas Penal Code 19.03:

         1. The individual murders a police officer or a fireman.

         2. The person intentionally commits murder in the course of committing or attempting to commit kidnapping, burglary, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, arson, obstruction or retaliation, or a terroristic threat

          3. The person commits the murder for money

          4. The person commits the murder while escaping or attempting to escape from jail

          5. The person murders someone in jail or someone who works for the jail

          6. The person murders more than one person

          7. The person murders a child under the age of six

          8. The person murders someone from the courts for retaliation

    There have been three capital murder trials in the past 25 years in Taylor County where the death penalty has been sought.

    But, Taylor County District Attorney, James Eidson said the case still must go to the grand jury for an indictment before a punishment can even be decided.

    “A person can be arrested early on and jailed for capital murder,” said Eidson. “But, it’s true that the grand jury will ultimately determine, if the evidence is gathered and will supports the charge of capital murder.”

    Bell is being held at the Taylor County Jail on bonds totaling $290,000.

    Police are continuing to investigate this murder and it has not been given to the Taylor County District Attorney yet.

  • Family: ACU grad who contracted Ebola shows 'slight improvement'

    Published On: Jul 30 2014 04:15:14 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 30 2014 06:48:44 PM CDT
    ABILENE, Texas -

    Family members of Dr. Kent Brantly – an Abilene Christian University graduate who contracted the deadly Ebola virus – say he has shown signs of slight improvement in the past 24 hours.

    However, Brantly’s family says, the 33-year-old family physician and father of two still continues to battle the grave disease.

    Brantly's family issued a statement to KTXS regarding the health of their loved one:

    "Kent is a brave, kind, servant-hearted man and a fantastic role model. We ask that everyone join us in fervent prayer for his full recovery. Our faith sustains us, and we are resting in the peace of God. Our family asks that the media respect our privacy during this difficult time."

    In October, Brantly traveled to Monrovia, Liberia, with Samaritan’s Purse – an international relief agency – and started treating Ebola patients in June. According to reports, Brantly recognized his own symptoms and immediately began treating himself in isolation.

  • Suspect sought in fatal shooting at West Texas park

    Published On: Jul 30 2014 10:34:17 AM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 30 2014 03:42:40 PM CDT

    ODESSA, Texas (AP) -

    Police say a man has been fatally shot at a West Texas public park. 

    The incident occurred as children played baseball on a nearby field.

    Odessa police are looking for a suspect in Tuesday night's shooting at Floyd Gwin Park. Cpl. Steve LeSueur says police have a description of a fleeing vehicle.
        
    Police say the wounded 27-year-old man died at an Odessa hospital. His name wasn't immediately released Wednesday.
        
    Police say a car in the parking lot of the park ended up with several bullet holes.
        
    Further details weren't immediately available.