Judge Bans Cell Phones As Accused Killer Goes On Trial

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
The judge in the capital murder trial of a man charged in an ambush-style slaying outside of a local apartment complex is banning cell phones from the courtroom.

Albert Leslie Love, Jr. (Jail photo)

GEORGETOWN (July 8, 2013)--Opening statements were scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Monday in Georgetown in the trial of the second man charged in an ambush-style slaying in 2011 outside of a Waco apartment complex.

State District Judge Ralph Strother posted a sign on the courtroom door Monday that says cell phones and tweeting are banned.

Albert Love, 26, faces a possible death sentence if he is convicted of the March 2011 ambush-style slayings of Tyus Sneed, 17, and Keenan Hubert, 20.

They died in a hail of bullets as they sat inside a car parked at Lakewood Villas apartment complex on Spring Street.

Marion Bible, then 22, and Deontrae Majors, then 20, were wounded in the shooting, which prosecutors say was in retaliation for the April 2010 murder of Emuel Bowers III, 21, who was shot as he sat in his car at the intersection of Rose and McKeen Streets.

Love's trial was moved to Georgetown because of heavy media coverage of the trial of the first defendant, Rickey Cummings last fall.

Cummings was found guilty of capital murder and then sentenced to death on Nov. 7, 2012.

Assistant District Attorneys Michael Jarrett and Greg Davis are prosecuting the case; attorneys John Donahue and Jon Evans are defending Love.

Jury selection concluded on June 26.

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