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Two Men, Two Women Charged After Body Found In Bag Along Rural Road

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

BELTON (November 3, 2012)—Two men and two women were in the Bell County Jail Friday, charged in connection with the murder of a man whose body was found on Oct. 12 stuffed in a bag off a rural road just south of the Stillhouse Hollow Dam.

A Bell County Sheriff's Office news release said Anthony Jamale McKoy, 24, was being held in the Bell County Jail on a murder warrant and on a blue warrant without bond.

Toriano Thomas, 29, and Katrina S. Jackson, 21, were ordered held in lieu of $60,000 bond each, charged with tampering with physical evidence with intent to impair investigation.

Jessabel S. Lucas, 30, was ordered held in lieu of bonds totaling $111,500 on charges of tampering with physical evidence with intent to impair investigation, possession of a dangerous drug, failure to identify as a fugitive and giving false identity, as well as being held without bond on a motion to revoke probation.

Lucas shows an address on Fort Hood, McKoy, Thomas and Jackson all show Killeen addresses.

The four are charged in connection with the death of Llael Garcia-Rodriguez, 31, of San Antonio, whose body was found by a passing motorist on Oct. 12, a short distance south of the Stillhouse Hollow Dam, stuffed inside a large bag.

Investigators used fingerprints to identify Garcia-Rodriguez, who had been reported missing in San Antonio and who police believed was in the Killeen area.

An autopsy showed he died of stab wounds to the chest and that his face had been beaten severely, the sheriff's office said.

Investigation led officers to learn that the murder actually happened within the city limits of Killeen and the body was taken to the dam for disposal.

"To me there's not a normal murder," James Lewing of the Bell County Sheriff's Office said.

"Every murder has its own calling card. We just want to figure out why this person was dumped alongside the road like a piece of trash."

Garcia-Rodriguez was a former soldier and Bell County authorities said they don't know of any criminal record.

When asked if his death was gang related, they refused to speculate.

"We're not ruling anything out, it might be gang related it might not be," Lewing said.


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