One of three suspects charged with the murder of an Abilene teen says the group went to rob the victim of marijuana before one of the suspects fired a shot that claimed his life, according to court documents released Tuesday.
D’Jaman West, 19, D’Audre Hight-Ealy, 20, and Jerel Mathis, 18, were all taken into custody and charged with Murder and Aggravated Robbery the day after Bronson Boyles, 19, was shot and killed.
Court documents detailing Hight-Ealy’s confession to police state that although his story changed some over the course of his interview, Hight-Ealy said multiple times that “West shot Bronson”, confirming previous witness testimony.
Hight-Ealy also told police that he, West, Mathis, and another party went to an apartment on the 1000 block of S. Clack Street the night of July 28, 2017, and “discussed robbing someone for marijuana”, according to the documents, which state a resident in the apartment told them the “boy downstairs (Boyles) sold marijuana and that they should rob him.”
The documents go on to state the group then went downstairs and after learning Boyles didn’t have much marijuana, Hight-Ealy says he told the group “never mind” and that’s when “West and Boyles started scuffling and then West shot him.”
After the fatal shot was fired, Hight-Ealy, West, Mathis, and another party all fled the scene in Hight-Ealy’s car.
The documents also state Hight-Ealy told detectives the he knew West had a gun and that “the whole group should all be punished for what happened to Boyles because they were planning on robbing Boyles”.
Shoes Hight-Ealy admitted to wearing during the altercation with Boyles also tested positive for human blood, the documents state.
All three suspects are currently being held in the Taylor County Jail on bonds totaling at least $700,000.