Testimony Begins In Trial Of Man Charged In Deadly Drive-By Shooting

Joe Felan (Jail photo)

WACO (February 14, 2012)—Prosecutors were set to begin testimony Tuesday morning in the murder trial of Joe Angel Felan, who is charged with the 2009 shooting death of Cornelius Fields.

Felan, 24, is accused of participating in a drive-by shooting that left Fields dead and LaToya Hamilton and Jamie Toney wounded by gunfire.

Two lawyers from the Texas Attorney General’s office and defense counsel spent Monday seating a jury.

The state is prosecuting the case because District Attorney Abel Reyna was representing Felan before Reyna was elected to the prosecutor’s office.

Felan faces one count of murder and five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Police officers responding to a discharge of firearms call at about 1 p.m. on September 12, 2009, found Fields, also known as “Che-Che,” lying on a sidewalk at Ninth and Tennesee streets.

Hamilton and Toney, who had been walking with Fields, were found at the scene as well but were not so seriously injured.

Quinton Denodrae Henry, 39, who is Felan’s co-defendant in the case, already has been sentenced to 50 years in state prison after he was found guilty at trial last November.