ABILENE, Texas – Abilene police say a plot to steal marijuana is what led to the death of 19-year-old Bronson Boyles in late July.
In court documents filed Friday afternoon, Abilene police say one of the suspects charged with murder in Boyles’ death admitted to planning the robbery, but when it didn’t happen, a scuffle turned into a fatal shooting.
D’audre Hight-Ealy, who is currently in the Taylor County Jail on the murder charge, told police that he and several other murder suspects, D’Jaman West and Jerel Mathis, discussed robbing someone for marijuana on July 29 when another person said that Boyles had marijuana in the apartment below them.
The group all agreed on robbing “the white boy downstairs,” according to the court documents, and went to his apartment in the 1000 block of S. Clack Street.
Court documents say the group found that Boyles didn’t have very much marijuana, and Hight-Ealy claims he told them “never mind.” Police say Hight-Ealy didn’t detail what he did to abandon the robbery plan.
Mathis spoke to detectives and said everyone left Boyles’ apartment and went to another apartment. He said a scuffle then broke out between West and Boyles in another apartment, and then West shot him, according to the documents. Hight-Ealy also consistently said that West shot Boyles. Police say West claims that Hight-Ealy shot Boyles.
Hight-Ealy told police he ran to his car, and West, Mathis, and another man also got in. Hight-Ealy said West told