Grand jury indicts suspect in murder of Lacy Lakeview man
Murder suspect claimed victim shot himself in the forehead during struggle for pistol: affidavit
LACY LAKEVIEW, Texas (KWTX) - A McLennan County grand jury on Aug. 31 indicted Abel Carlos Hidrago, 32, on charges of first degree murder and tampering with evidence in the killing of Daniel Kirk Boshell, 40.
The grand jury also indicted a woman identified in court documents as Jasmine Dawn Hartman with tampering with evidence in connection to the murder case.
Hidrago told detectives Boshell shot himself in the forehead during a struggle for a pistol, but later took investigators to a creek where the murder weapon was dumped, an arrest warrant states.
Police started investigating the deadly shooting in the 500 block of Greenfield Drive shortly before 7 a.m. on July 17. Officers found Boshell in the front porch in a chair, dead from a gunshot wound to the forehead.
Detectives obtained surveillance footage from the residence that allegedly shows Boshell’s ex-girlfriend, and Hidrago, at the scene of the murder. “The female was the current girlfriend of the defendant (Hidrago),” the document further states.
At the time of the murder, police did not identify the woman involved in the incident. KWTX is working to confirm if Hartman is the woman mentioned in the original arrest affidavits.
Police wrote in the affidavits that the woman’s vehicle was recorded leaving the scene of the murder, and detectives traced the vehicle to the woman’s residence in the 500 block of Whispering. When investigators arrived at the woman’s home, they encountered Hidrago sitting outside smoking a cigarette.
Both Hidrago and his girlfriend agreed to speak with detectives about the murder at Boshell’s home. They said they visited Boshell to talk and drink alcoholic beverages, but remained outside Boshell’s residence the majority of the time.
The woman told detectives that Boshell eventually brought out three firearms to show them while they were outside in the porch. According to the arrest warrant, the woman said Boshell asked her to take one of the firearms and shoot him in the forehead. The woman said she refused, and Boshell grabbed one of the guns.
When she turned away from Boshell, she heard a gunshot, and when she turned back around, she realized Boshell was on the floor suffering from a gunshot wound to the forehead, the document states.
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When detectives interviewed Hidrago, the suspect said he became concerned when Boshell brought out the firearms and believed he was in danger because Boshell might shoot him, the document states. “(Hidrago) stated that, at one point, (Boshell) stood up from his chair with the pistol and it startled him, thinking (Boshell) might get aggressive towards him,” the arrest warrant states.
Hidrago further told detectives “he grabbed the gun and wrestled it from (Boshell), and that the gun went off, striking the victim in the forehead,” the warrant states.
Investigators, however, wrote in the warrant that the positioning of the victim’s body did not back up Hidrago’s story. Boshell’s body was found “sitting in a chair with a partially burned cigarette still in his left hand,” police wrote in the warrant. “There did not appear to be a struggle.”
When asked by detectives what happened to the gun used to shoot Boshell, both the woman and Hidrago said they did not know where the weapon was and believed it was still at the scene of the murder, the document states.
Detectives obtained the suspect’s cell phone and used GPS data from the device to trace his movements after the murder. Hidrago then told detectives he threw the gun in Tawakanie Creek in Riesel, Texas, the affidavit states. The suspect allegedly took detectives to the creek and showed them where he threw the weapon.
“You know there’s so many questions, why would you do this to anyone?” said the victim’s brother, Johnny Inskeep said. “Why would you take somebody so real?”
“I do know that my brother isn’t drama, he doesn’t have beef with anyone,” Inskeep further said.
Boshell’s brother and the rest of his family are keeping his memory alive through handwritten notes on their cars as well as the trucks he left behind. It’s all for someone they say quickly become friends with everybody and would do anything to help anybody.
”He was the sweetest person, he would give you his last cigarette,” his mother Rose Boshell said.
Hidrago, who had previously been arrested for criminal mischief, remains in custody at the McLennan County Detention Facility on bonds totaling $505,000.
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