Grand jury upgrades charge against Central Texas man in girlfriend’s shooting death
WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Michael Matthews Howard, 20, who was arrested after his girlfriend was shot to death on Aug. 14 in a North Waco neighborhood, was named in a new indictment Thursday charging capital murder.
Howard was originally charged with murder in the deadly shooting, which was reported at around 6:20 p.m. on Aug. 14 in the 3100 block of North 29th Street.
The victim, Sakyra Young, 21, was taken to a Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Young was driving a vehicle in which Howard was riding when she was shot.
After the vehicle crashed into a fence, more shots were fired.
Witnesses said Howard fled after the shooting.
He was found in a vehicle during a high-risk traffic stop at Lakeshore Drive and Gholson Road, police said.
“He was hiding under a blanket,” Waco police Officer Garen Bynum said at the time.
Howard is held in the McLennan County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $1.2 million.
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