BEAUMONT, Tx – Jared Javon Bias, 22, the primary suspect and believed triggerman in the capital murder of Kera Teel and her unborn daughter, Kyndal, turned himself in at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility about 24-hours after his girlfriend, Atayanna Asia Nicole Douglas, 17, was arrested and booked on three counts of aggravated robbery.
Bias, whose street name is Bulldog, is the second suspect arrested of three people believed linked to Teel’s June 6 shooting at the Sienna Apartments. A police source told SETINVESTIGATES.COM late Wednesday night they believe Bias is the person who pulled the trigger the night Teel and her daughter were killed but they are still looking for another individual. Teel, 19, was seven and a half months pregnant at the time of the shooting. Doctors at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital tried save the unborn child but she also died shortly after birth.
Police notified local media that Bias walked into the jail Wednesday night to turn himself in on a different criminal matter and was immediately served with the capital murder warrant that was drafted after his girlfriend spoke with police the night before. Douglas was with police for several hours and asked for an attorney before being charged with aggravated robbery and transported to the jail.
As she was being escorted in handcuffs from the backdoor of the police station to an awaiting police cruiser, she was peppered with questions from reporters but she stayed stone-faced, almost trancelike. Only once did she cut her eyes as she was asked about her gangbanger lifestyle, which was followed by a question about how she would feel if someone had killed her children. Douglas, who has worked as a prostitute using the Backpage.com Web site to find clients, is a mother of two girls.
Police said she provided information that indicated she was at the scene with two other suspects – one of them being Bias – when Teel and her daughter were killed.
According to Bias’s criminal record, he has been arrested on numerous occasions. He was sentenced to six months in jail on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in excess of 3 grams in August 2016 and also pleaded “nolo contender” or no contest to a charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon (UCW) in May 2013 where he was given probation. In 2016, he was arrested on a second UCW charge and currently has a case pending in Jefferson County for possession of marijuana.
“We feel positive we will have everybody that’s involved in custody soon,” said BPD Officer Carol Riley. “It is gang related. Everything that we have uncovered, so far, does show us that it is gang related. These are a lot of young people that have access to guns.”
If convicted on the capital murder charge, Bias could get the death penalty. Although Douglas has not yet been charged with capital murder, because she is 17-years-old the law prevents her from receiving the death penalty upon a subsequent conviction.
Riley said the investigation led police to multiple suspects linked to other crimes and confirmed that some of the firearms recovered and/or being used in the aggravated robberies involving Bias and Douglas were stolen from law abiding citizens that had them stored in their vehicles.
FBI crime statistics from 2015, the most recent data available, show 28 murders and 2,123 violent crimes in Southeast Texas, including Jefferson, Orange and Hardin counties. The records also show an estimated 686 vehicle thefts in Southeast Texas but didn’t indicate how many of those thefts involved firearms. A 2012 study compiled from the National Crime Victimization Survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed there were, on average, 232,400 firearms stolen from homes or vehicles between 2005 and 2010. That represented about four percent of the households in the US. Comparing 1994 (283,600 stolen firearms) to 2010 (145,300 stolen firearms) there was a drop of 49 percent.