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Posted on: April 9, 2021

S.A. man indicted for capital murder of child

This week, Bexar County Grand Juries handed down more than 165 felony indictments.

D’Morea Keys is charged with capital murder. The indictment alleges that on Aug. 15, 2020, Keys intentionally and knowingly caused the death of Donita Henry-Phillips by shooting Henry-Phillips with a deadly weapon (firearm) and Henry-Phillips was then and there an individual ten years of age or older but younger than 15 years of age. Keys is also charged in a separate indictment with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The indictment alleges that on Aug. 15, 2020, Keys used a deadly weapon (firearm) to intentionally, knowingly and recklessly cause bodily injury to Shantika Puente by shooting Puente with said deadly weapon. The indictment also alleges that during the same incident, Keys used a deadly weapon (firearm) to intentionally and knowingly threaten imminent bodily injury to Charlie Perkins by shooting at and in the direction of Perkins with said deadly weapon. These cases are being prosecuted by the Criminal Trial Division in the 144th District Court. 

“Capital murder of a child older than 10 but younger than 15 was signed into law in September 2019. Known as ‘Lauren’s Law,’ a conviction under these circumstances would automatically sentence the Defendant to life in prison without the possibility of parole. This is one of the first such cases to be indicted in Bexar County,” said Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales.

Marshall Shepard is charged in a two-count indictment. The first count alleges that on May 8, 2020, Shepard intentionally, knowingly and recklessly caused bodily injury to Anthony Robinson by striking Robinson with the hand of the Defendant, striking Robinson against a vehicle using the hand of the Defendant or striking Robinson with a projectile from a taser held by the Defendant. The second count of the indictment alleges that on the same date, Shepard, as a public servant (San Antonio police officer), acting under the color of his employment, intentionally subjected Robinson to mistreatment, to wit: striking the head and face of Robinson against a vehicle using the hand of the Defendant; or striking Robinson with a projectile from a taser held by the Defendant, knowing it was unlawful. These cases are being prosecuted by the Public Integrity and Cyber Crime Division in the 227th District Court. Assault-bodily injury and official oppression are Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail and a possible fine of up to $4,000. 

Jesus Mendoza is charged with murder. The indictment alleges that on Sep. 11, 2020, Mendoza intentionally and knowingly caused the death of Jake Selph by shooting Selph with a deadly weapon (firearm). This case is being prosecuted by the Criminal Trial Division in the 187th District Court. Murder is a first degree felony punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison, with a possible fine of up to $10,000.

Jaime Riojas is charged with manslaughter. The indictment alleges that on Aug. 15, 2020, Riojas recklessly caused the death of Izaiah Riojas by discharging a deadly weapon (firearm) at and in the direction of Izaiah Riojas. This case is being prosecuted by the Criminal Trial Division in the 226th District Court. Manslaughter is a second degree felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. A person charged by indictment is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury or a judge. Because these cases are pending, we can make no further comment on them.

Copies of indictments may be requested from the Bexar County District Clerk. Information on court settings can be found by searching the case online or directly from the court.

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