A Temple-area teenager faces the possibility of an automatic life prison term after his indictment Wednesday on a capital murder charge related to a Waco home invasion in which two people were killed.
A McLennan County grand jury indicted 17-year-old Garrett Marshall Gage for his alleged role in the Feb. 3 incident in which a suspected robber and a robbery victim both were killed.
Gage was wounded in the leg during an exchange of gunfire during the incident in the 1900 block of South 16th Street. Waco police arrested him several blocks away and he was treated for a “grazing wound,” officials said.
Police said two men forced their way into the residence about 10:30 p.m. with the intent to rob the people inside. One of the eight people inside the apartment grabbed a rifle and shot at both intruders, police said.
One of the alleged robbers, Keith William McClure, was killed in the gunfight. He is thought to have fatally shot 20-year-old Braeden Freeman, a Mart High School graduate who lived at the apartment, police said.
McClure, 19, of Temple, collapsed in the parking lot of the apartment complex, police said.
According to documents filed in the case, Gage told someone in a recorded jail phone conversation that Cierra McKenzie Barber, 20, orchestrated the robbery and drove him and McClure to the home.
Barber was arrested March 9 in West Waco. She also is charged with capital murder in the incident but has not been indicted.
One of Gage’s attorneys, Michelle Tuegel, said Wednesday, “We are looking forward to starting the discovery process and receiving all the information on this case and to starting a more in-depth communication with the district attorney’s office about the facts surrounding this case.”
Because Gage is under age 18, he is not eligible for the death penalty. He faces an automatic life prison term if convicted of capital murder, and would be eligible for parole.