WACO (January 15, 2013)—Rickey Donnell Cummings, 23, who was sentenced to death on Nov. 7 for his role in a shooting in March 2011 that left two dead and two injured, will be returned to Waco for a hearing on a dispute over a fee paid to a defense expert who never testified.
McLennan County State District Judge Ralph Strother issued a bench warrant for Cummings, who’s expected to testify in the hearing on Jan. 22.
Retired Bell County State District Judge Rick Morris will hold the hearing on the payment of nearly $100,000 to a cell phone expert hired by Cummings’ attorneys who never testified during Cummings’ trial.
The expert is expected to invoke attorney-client privilege during the hearing and Cummings is expected to testify that the expert worked on behalf of his attorneys.
Cummings was sentenced to die for his role in the shooting that left Keenan Hubert, 20, and Tyus Sneed, 17, dead.
They died in a hail of bullets as they sat inside a car parked at Lakewood Villas apartment complex.
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.