BOWIE COUNTY, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – A Bowie County jury found a teenager guilty Thursday of capital murder in connection with a home invasion robbery that took the life of a Texarkana man back in November.
17-year-old Daveon Woods never took the stand during his two-day trial.
Prosecutors said he shot and killed 31-year-old Craig Garner after breaking into his River Crossing apartment on November 9.
During testimony Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) showed the courtroom text messages of conversations between Woods and one of his girlfriends. The state said the texts confirm that Woods committed the crime.
On Wednesday, jurors heard from Garner’s wife, who was seven months pregnant at the time. A’kayla Garner told the jury she was in the bed with her husband and one of their kids when the front door of their apartment was kicked in. She said her husband got up to check on their other child in a different bedroom and was shot in the head.
After deliberating for less than an hour Thursday afternoon, the jury returned with a unanimous guilty verdict. Daveon Woods now faces life in prison.
The mother of Craig Garner read a very long and emotional letter to the courtroom that left everyone in tears including Woods.
“We were extremely, extremely, impressed with the way they handled this case. And they did not allow it to fall by the wayside of Texarkana,” said Garner’s mother, Teresa Williams. “It won’t be just another murder. We were extremely impressed and we are very, very, grateful for this family, for Kayla, his wife, his children, we are very very grateful, but it doesn’t bring Craig back.”
Two other teenagers are facing capital murder charges in this case.