Death penalty trial of man accused of killing 2 local women underway

Rico Doyle. (Jail photo)
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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) Testimony is underway in the capital murder trial of a Central Texas man charged in a shooting in 2015 that left two women dead.

Rico Doyle, 38, is charged in the shooting deaths of Kysha D. Edmond-Gray, 42, and De-anna Louise Buster, 38, both of whom were killed on April 21, 2015 in downtown Killeen.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

A jury was seated Monday morning after seven weeks of selection.

Doyle is accused of killing the two women just short of a year after he completed his parole for a conviction in the shooting death of Killeen High School student Tyrone Haskins, 18, in 2007.

Doyle and Damiee Kendrick Johnson, 21, of Harker Heights both were charged in connection with Haskins' murder, but Doyle took a plea deal and pleaded guilty to lesser charges including criminally negligent homicide, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of cocaine.

He was sentenced to serve four years in prison in 2008.

Doyle has remained in the Bell County Jail since his arrest where he is held on a $1.2 million bond.