Trials loom for 2 suspects in 2017 murder of Central Texas teen

Larry Anthony Quinn Thomas. (File)
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COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) Trials are looming for two of the four suspects charged with murder in connection with shooting death of a Copperas Cove teenager in 2017.

Larry Anthony Quinn Thomas, 17, was shot to death on Nov. 9, 2017.

Jamiroquai Michael Onyemaechi Kiaunte Ejiawoko, 18, and Andrew Sommervold, 22, both of Copperas of Cove, are expected to go on trial early this fall, Coryell County District Attorney Dusty Boyd said Friday.

Sommervold will be tried first, he said.

Copperas Cove police were sent on Nov. 9, 2017 to Bonnie Lane, on the city's northwest side, after receiving a call about a disturbance.

When officers arrived, around 10:35 p.m., they found Thomas lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head.

The police report shows initial investigation showed evidence of an altercation that likely happened earlier in the evening between the victim and the group of suspects.

Thomas was taken to Fort Hood's Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center where he died a short time later.

"The information that we have tends to allow us to believe and to know that the shooting was the result of an earlier drug transaction that went bad. Drug transactions are inherently dangerous of themselves however to lose the life of a 17 year old man as a consequence is absolutely tragic and sad,” Boyd said.

"These cases have got to stop, and senseless killings over simple drug transactions can be avoided. These are very young people involved in all of this but we hope to put the suspects away for many years."

Ejiawoko and Joshua David Vega, were arrested a week after the deadly shooting.

Sommervold, 24 and his sister, Makenah Taliana Faaola-Sommervold, were arrested in March 2018 in Oakland, Calif.

Ejiawoko and the Sommervolds remain in the Coryell County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bonds.

Vega was freed after posting a reduced bond.