One of two local men, indicted on murder charges in connection with the February shooting death of a Greenville resident, has pleaded not guilty.
Bernard Dale Kelly Jr. and Tyron Learone McCurdy, both of Greenville, each received one indictment for murder last month from the Hunt County grand jury.
Kelly entered a plea of not guilty during an arraignment hearing Monday in the 196th District Court. Judge Steve Tittle accepted the plea and scheduled an interim hearing for July 18.
An arraignment hearing for McCurdy is scheduled in the court today.
Kelly, 23, and McCurdy, 30, both remain in custody at the Hunt County Jail, McCurdy in lieu of $1.5 million bond and Kelly in lieu of $750,000 bond, and both charged in connection with the February 8 shooting death of 22-year-old Treybbian Leekey Nelson of Greenville.
McCurdy was taken into custody by officers of the Greenville Police Department and the United States Marshals Service in the 1200 block of Interstate 30 in Greenville late on the night of March 2. Kelly and a juvenile male were taken into custody in the days following Nelson’s death.
The juvenile, whose name has not been released due to his age, was placed in custody at the Hunt County Juvenile Detention Center and is named as a co-actor in the alleged murder in the indictments.
Officers with the Green-ville Police Department responded to a call of shots fired in the 1000 block of Edgar Street on the afternoon of February 8, where they found Nelson had been shot.
Nelson was transported by air ambulance to Parkland Hospital where he underwent surgery and later died as the result of his injuries.
The indictments allege the three “knowingly and intentionally” caused Nelson’s death by shooting him with a firearm, or in the alternative, caused Nelson’s death by shooting him or in his direction while having the intent to commit aggravated assault.
Murder is a first degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from five to 99 years to life in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.