TODRIC MCDONALD

McDonald

A Waco man was indicted Wednesday in the May 13 shooting deaths of two cousins at a North Waco apartment complex.

A McLennan County grand jury indicted Todric Deon McDonald, 27, on a capital murder charge in the deaths of Justin Javier Gonzalez, 24, and Ulysses Gonzalez, 30, at the Pecan Tree Apartments, 2600 Grim Ave. The men’s bodies were found lying on the living room floor. Each suffered multiple gunshot wounds, Waco police said.

Neither man lived at the apartment complex, where they were visiting a friend, according to police reports.

McDonald’s attorney, John Donahue, declined comment Wednesday.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna said his office has not decided whether it will seek the death penalty against McDonald.

If it does not, McDonald faces an automatic life prison term with no chance for parole if convicted of capital murder.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said previously that the killings were not random.

“There was a motive behind it, but we are not discussing those details at this time,” he said.

McDonald was arrested three days later after a short police chase. Police said McDonald was working on a car outside his residence when officers from several agencies came to arrest him.

He fled eastbound on Bosque Boulevard in his vehicle with a woman and a toddler inside. After a brief chase, McDonald rammed a U.S. Marshals Service vehicle at North 26th Street and Bosque Boulevard, and McDonald’s car was forced onto the curb, officers said.

He tried to run, but his door was stuck on the curb and he could not exit the vehicle, according to reports.

Another man also was arrested on capital murder charges in the deaths of the two cousins, but he was released five hours later after police determined he was not involved in the shooting deaths.

The grand jury also indicted McDonald on one count of evading arrest in a vehicle for the incident on the day he was arrested. He also was indicted on one count of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated robbery in separate incidents in May.

The aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and fleeing charges were enhanced because McDonald has a prior conviction for aggravated assault, according to the indictment. The enhancements increase the potential punishment he faces if convicted.

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