Murder suspects returned to Waco


Two suspects in the April 1 murder of a Waco man who were arrested in Arkansas have been brought back to Waco to face charges.

Casey Wade Hughes and Justice Allen Stanford were booked into the McLennan County Jail Wednesday with no bond set as of Thursday morning.

Waco PD spokesman Garen Bynum said the arrests were in reference to a murder that took place April 1 in the 500 block of Carver Avenue. Police had been called to the area of Dallas and Carver Streets about 10:45 p.m. that night on a report of a “man down.”

When they arrived, they found a man lying in the street, unresponsive, with an apparent gunshot wound to his back. The man was transported to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. 

The victim was identified as 29-year-old Preston Jerome Scott.

The two were stopped in Clinton, Arkansas after a police officer noticed one of the men acting nervous and suspiciously when he looked at them.

The officer said he was an at Exxon station fueling his patrol vehicle when he observed a black Honda CRV parked at the pump beside him. 

He said there was a man in the passenger seat and the driver was walking out of the store, noting that the driver looked at the officer, then put his head down and moved quickly to the driver’s seat without moving his arms and appearing to be very nervous.

The officer had the Van Buren County Sheriff dispatcher run the license plates as the vehicle pulled out of the Exxon station.

The report on the license plates indicated the car had been stolen out of Texas.

The officer found the vehicle at the fuel pumps at Murphy’s station where he made contact with the driver and detained him, with another officer detaining the passenger.

When they checked ID’s and determined who they were, the connection to the Waco case was discovered.

The two were taken to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office for questioning and initially held on charges of theft by receiving, driving on a suspended license, open container of alcohol and drinking on a highway.

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