(Photo by John Carroll)
WACO (January 22, 2013)—Security was tight Tuesday in and around the McLennan County Courthouse as 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, appeared for a hearing on a dispute over a fee paid to a defense expert who never testified.
Retired Bell County State District Judge Rick Morris presided over the hearing on the payment of about $100,000 to a cell phone expert hired by Cummings’ attorneys who never testified during Cummings’ trial.
Cummings was expected to testify that the expert worked on behalf of his attorneys, but he was never called to the stand, as Morris ruled that the expert doesn’t have to return any of the money he was paid, a decision with which all the lawyers involved in the case agreed.
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.