Cierra Barber


A woman was indicted on a capital murder charge by a McLennan County grand jury Wednesday in connection with an alleged drug-related home-invasion robbery that occurred overnight Feb. 3 in Waco, in which a robber and a robbery victim were both killed.

Cierra McKenzie Barber, 20, was arrested March 9 in West Waco by deputy U.S. marshals, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said at the time.

Investigators think two Temple men forced their way into an apartment at 1900 S. 16th St. about 10:30 p.m. with the intent of robbing people inside. There were eight people inside at the time, Swanton has said.

“We know she was driving the vehicle that brought the two guys down there,” he said.

One of the robbery victims reportedly grabbed a rifle and shot at the suspects. Police think the alleged robber who later died, Keith William McClure, was the person who shot and killed 20-year-old resident Braeden Freeman, a Mart High School graduate.

Swanton has said both suspects left the apartment after the gunfire. McClure, 19, of Temple, collapsed in the parking lot of the apartment complex. He was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The other suspect, 17-year-old Garrett Marshall Gage, was wounded in the leg. He was questioned and arrested several blocks from the scene after he was treated for a “grazing wound,” an affidavit filed in the case says.

Gage reportedly told someone in a recorded jail phone conversation that Barber helped set up the robbery with McClure and then drove the three to the apartment.

According to legal documents, an anonymous source and text messages between Barber and Gage corroborated her participation.

Gage remains in the McLennan County Jail on a capital murder charge. He is ineligible for release, jail records show.

Barber’s bond was set at $250,000.

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