Central Texas Man Indicted In Roommate’s Shooting Death

A Central Texas man who police say shot and killed another man while cleaning a gun has been indicted in the victim’s death.

Douglas Maximus Heffernan (Jail photo)

KILLEEN (February 28, 2013)—A Bell County Grand Jury has indicted a Killeen man in the January shooting death of his roommate at a Killeen residence.

Douglas Maximus Heffernan, 23, was named in an indictment charging manslaughter in connection with the January 16 shooting of Jack Tullos Tennyson, 20, who died days later at Scott and White Hospital in Temple.

Tennyson was shot in the head at a residence in Killeen while one of two other men who were with him "was handling a revolver in an unsafe manner, causing a negligent discharge," police said in a new release at the time.

Hefferman was released from the Bell County Jail after posting a $500,000 bond.

An affidavit submitted for the arrest warrant says Heffernan told investigators he accidentally shot Tennyson while cleaning the gun

"The suspect stated that he pulled the trigger while cleaning the weapon, causing it to fire at the victim's head," the affidavit said.

The investigator said in the affidavit that he had viewed photographs of the Taurus Revolver, which was found at the scene, "and have observed that the loaded bullets are clearly visible when the cylinder is closed.

The house is near Ellison High School, whose parking lot was used as a landing zone for the medical helicopter.

Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said a handgun was recovered at the scene.

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