Local Man In Custody On Austin Murder Charge

Derrick Leroy Kuykendall (Jail photo)
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BELTON (April 17, 2013)-A Killeen man was being held Wednesday in the Bell County Jail after his arrest on a murder warrant filed in an Easter Day shooting death.

Derrick Leroy Kuykendall, 21, was ordered held on $350,000 bond charged with murder in the shooting death of Bennie Heslip, who died as a result of a gunshot wound in the chest, an Austin Police Department arrest affidavit said.

Members of the Bell County Organized Crime Unit, U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and Killeen police arrested Kuykendall at around 8 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the 5800 block of Greengate Drive in Killeen.

Austin police say they were sent at about 3:15 a.m. March 31 to an address near the corner of Trinity Street and East 11th Street in downtown Austin where they found Heslip, 23, lying on the ground.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Breckenridge Hospital where he later died, police said.

The affidavit says an argument took place between Heslip's friends and a woman over a vehicle that was blocked into a parking space.

As the argument escalated, Heslip and another man approached each other and two gunshots were fired.

The affidavit says a Belton woman who witnessed the incident heard Kuykendahl confess to the shooting on the drive back to Belton that morning.

On April 2 Austin police told News 10 they were searching for an unnamed suspect in Heslip’s murder whom they believed was in Waco.

An officer who spoke with News 10 by telephone that day said detectives in Austin believe the suspect either lives or has relatives who live in Waco.