Belton: Bond Set For Man Charged After Body Found In Bag

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
Bond has been set for a Central Texas man charged in the death of a man whose body was found in a bag along a rural road.

Anthony McKoy (Jail photo)

BELTON (November 6, 2012)--Formal charges have been filed and a bond set for a Killeen man who is charged with murder in connection with the death of a man whose body was found inside a bag near the Stillhouse Hollow Dam.

Anthony Jamale McKoy, 24, was held Tuesday in the Bell County Jail charged with murder in 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.

McKoy's bond on the murder charge is set at $100,000 but he also is being held on a parole violation warrant without bond.

Toriano Thomas, 29, and Katrina S. Jackson, 21, were ordered held Nov. 3 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.

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.

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