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Abilene murder suspect released from hospital, booked into jail

By Doug Myers, Digital Media Manager, dmyers@ktxs.com
Joe Fry, Assignment Editor/Photographer, jfry@ktxs.com
Published On: Jun 05 2014 02:06:36 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 06 2014 05:17:21 PM CDT

 

ABILENE, Texas -

A 23-year-old Abilene man who allegedly shot himself after shooting and killing his girlfriend late Wednesday has been released from the hospital and booked into Taylor County Jail, police say and records show.

Chevayae Magic Johnson faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of 22-year-old Makayla "Kayla" Bunting at the Windsor Place Apartments complex. His bond was set at $250,000.

Police say Johnson shot Bunting in the head while she clutched her 2-week-old son and her 4-year-old daughter remained nearby. Johnson then shot himself, police say.

Before being released, Johnson had been under police watch while being treated at Hendrick Medical Center.

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A 22-year-old woman still clutching her infant son was found shot and killed at the Windsor Place Apartments on Curry Lane late Wednesday night.

The suspected shooter – 23-year-old Chevayae Magic Johnson – was located at the scene, seriously wounded.

Police have identified Makayla "Kayla" Bunting as the victim.

Johnson remains in critical condition at Hendrick Medical Center, but Abilene police said Thursday afternoon that his condition, while not upgraded yet, is improving.

A murder warrant was issued Thursday afternoon for Johnson. While bond on the murder warrant was set at $250,000, a separate warrant was issued for a motion to revoke probation – with no bond.

“Additional charges could follow,” Abilene Police Sgt. Lynn Beard said in an email.

Bunting's 2-week-old son, also found by police in the apartment and suffering from a hand injury, was flown before noon Thursday to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth for treatment, Beard said.

“He (the infant) is in the company of relatives,” Beard said in an email update.

Johnson was Bunting's boyfriend and the baby's father.

Abilene police report being called out to the domestic disturbance at the apartment complex around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

When officers arrived at the scene, they attempted to make contact with the residents when two gunshots were heard. At that point, officers forced their way into the apartment to find Bunting – holding the 2-week-old boy – had been shot in the head, according to the Abilene Police Department.

Her 4-year-old daughter, who wasn't physically injured, was also "in close proximity to her mother at the time she was shot," an Abilene Police Department news release said.

One neighbor said he could hear a child screaming through the apartment walls.

"I heard two shots, it was a couple of seconds between each shot, so I got up out of bed and I heard two loud thumps that sounded like bodies hitting the floor," Jared Ellis, neighbor, said.

Johnson is also the biological father of the 4-year-old girl, Abilene police said.

“Ms. Bunting was holding her 2-week-old infant when she was shot and the child was removed from her arms by responding officers,” the release said.

Police say the suspected shooter was also injured with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The suspect reportedly stood, fighting officers as he attempted to exit. 

“As the officers were exiting the apartment with the children, Mr. Johnson regained consciousness and came outside after the officers,” the news release said. “The officers, while protecting the children, engaged in an active physical confrontation with the suspect.”

Police used a Taser on Johnson to subdue him.

The 4-year-old child was released to family members after coordinating with Child Protective Services, police said.

“Charges of homicide and injury to a child will be filed at the appropriate time pending the medical recovery of Mr. Johnson,” the news release said. “Mr. Johnson is currently being monitored by police personnel at HMC.”

Stay with KTXS as we will bring you new information as soon as it is released.