Prosecutors still are waiting for the results of DNA testing to be returned in the capital murder case of a Waco man charged in the slayings of two cousins three years ago.
Judge Ralph Strother of Waco’s 19th State District Court conducted a brief status conference Friday in the case of 30-year-old Todric Deon McDonald.
McDonald and 32-year-old Tony Olivarez are co-defendants in the shooting deaths of Justin Javier Gonzalez, 24, and Ulysses Gonzalez, 30, at the Pecan Tree Apartments in the 2600 block of Grim Avenue. The cousins died of multiple gunshot wounds, police said.
Police identified McDonald and Olivarez as suspects but did not publicly name Olivarez as a suspect until his arrest last month. McDonald was arrested shortly after the killings.
Prosecutor Michael Jarrett told the judge that his office still is waiting for DNA tests to be returned in the cases of both men. Jury selection is set to start in McDonald’s case on Oct. 10. Prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty.
Police say McDonald and Olivarez also were suspects in a shooting the 2300 block of Morrow Avenue hours before the shooting at Pecan Tree Apartments. The shooting on Morrow Avenue did not seriously injure anyone, but police began investigating the pair.
Olivarez and McDonald were charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the Morrow Avenue shooting in May 2014.
McDonald was arrested on multiple charges, including fleeing officers the week of the shootings. He remains in the McLennan County Jail.
Olivarez was arrested in May 2016 on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault, an unrelated burglary of a motor vehicle charge and an unrelated driving with an invalid license charge. He also remains in McLennan County Jail. No trial date is set in his capital murder case.