HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (FOX 44) – The Bell County Grand Jury has indicted Roger Lee Sander, Junior, for the murder of 35-year-old Allen Lee Jones, of Harker Heights.
Officers were originally dispatched to the 900 block of Indian Trail at approximately 10:47 p.m. on October 5th in reference to a 9-1-1 call of shots fired. When officers arrived, they found Jones lying in the parking lot with a gunshot wound. He later succumbed to his injuries.
Police say Sanders fled the scene before officers arrived. The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect and victim were engaged in a confrontation which resulted in the suspect fatally shooting the victim.
Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson pronounced Jones dead on scene at 11:48 p.m., and ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences in Dallas.
Detectives with the Harker Heights Police Department Criminal Investigations Division were able to obtain a complaint and affidavit the next day, charging 31-year-old Sanders with Murder. A warrant was obtained, and Sanders was placed under arrest by officers.
Sanders was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Gregory Johnson, who set his bond at $1 million and ordered bond conditions that if released must wear a GPS ankle monitor. Sanders is also prohibited from going within a 1,000 feet of any location of any member of Jones’s family, and prohibited from possessing firearms and/or ammunition.
The Copperas Cove Police Department also assisted in this investigation. If anyone has any information regarding this Homicide investigation, you can contact Detectives at the Harker Heights Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 254-953-5400, Option #2.