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Harker Heights Teen Charged in Fatal Shooting Case

Larry Leshawn Thomas Jr - Bell County Jail Photo
Larry Leshawn Thomas Jr – Bell County Jail Photo

19-year-old Larry Leshawn Thomas Jr of Harker Heights has been charged with murder in connection to the shooting death of 28-year-old Jose Antonio Hernandez earlier this week.

KWTX’s Kathleen Serie reports that Thomas was arrested Thursday night. Online records indicate Thomas was booked into the Bell County Jail at 9:22 AM Friday, and he remained there Friday evening. His bond was set at $1 million.

Police found Hernandez critically injured near a vehicle in the 400 block of Amy Lane in Harker Heights around 8:35 PM Tuesday. He was taken to Temple’s Scott & White Hospital, where he passed away Thursday.

Police believe Hernandez and Thomas got into an altercation at a business in the 400 block of East Veterans Memorial Blvd. shortly before the shooting took place. They were combing the site on Amy Lane for evidence Friday.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Harker Heights police at (254) 953-5400 or Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-8477. Information may also be submitted at bellcountycrimestoppers.com or via the P3 Tips app.

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