BELTON — The jury that will decide the fate of a 16-year-old Killeen charged with capital murder has heard testimony from a co-defendant in the case who came within walking distance of the murder.
However, Breez Collier, 26, told the jury that she saw the muzzle flash of the gun but did not see who had shot Shareef Raekwon Ali-Barnett.
Ali-Barnett, 24, was shot and killed on June 14, 2020. Police say he arranged to meet Collier, who is a prostitute known as “Tiny”; instead, he was shot and killed during an armed robbery in the 200 block of Evergreen Drive.
Jordan Hampton, 16, has been held in the County Juvenile Detention Center since his arrest on June 23, 2020. He was 15 when the death occurred and he has been certified to stand trial as an adult.
Jordan Hampton’s sister Jessica Hampton, 19, is accused of organizing the robbery. She is due to stand trial for capital murder on May 15.
Testimony in the trial will continue Monday in the 426th Judicial District Court.
‘I do not remember’
On Friday, the fourth day of trial testimony, Collier told the jury that because she was on drugs, she could not remember many details from the early morning hours of June 14, 2020.
“My mind was messed up; I was not lucid,” Collier said. She said that night she smoked embalming fluid, known as “wet,” and also regularly used methamphetamine and heroin.
Because she is in Bell County custody, Collier — dressed in the green jailhouse outfit — also had to wear handcuffs and shackles while testifying on Friday. A deputy sat right behind her. Prior to her testimony, Collier’s defense attorney advised her of her rights, as Collier has a June 20 trial date set on the court docket.
Collier told the court that she and Jessica Hampton planned the robbery that night, and it wasn’t the first time.
“Sometimes I would get the money and run out of the room,” Collier said.
But things turned out much differently on the night of June 14, 2020.
Collier said she got into the victim’s car, but he didn’t give her any money, so she got out of the vehicle.
She said Ali-Barnett then got out of his car and walked to the front of the car as she stood in a nearby driveway.
Then “he got shot,” Collier said.
She said it was too dark to see who shot.
“After seeing the shot, I don’t remember what happened,” Collier said. “I ran down the street.”
She said when Jessica Hampton yelled “Tiny” she turned back to where the victim was lying on the sidewalk.
“I saw Jessica and Jordan standing by the body,” Collier said. “Jessica was rummaging through her pockets.”
Collier testified that they tried to get into Ali-Barnett’s car, but it was locked, so they ran down the street and were picked up by Jessica Hampton’s boyfriend.
Ali-Barnett died from a single bullet to the chest, according to the medical examiner who testified Friday.
Background to the case
On June 14, 2020, Killeen police officers responded to a call for gunfire at approximately 1:59 a.m. in the 200 block of Evergreen Drive. When officers arrived, they located Ali-Barnett, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest, at the corner of Evergreen Drive and Florence Road.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The victim’s pockets had been returned when Killeen police arrived on the scene,” according to the arrest affidavit.
As part of their investigation, police reviewed surveillance video from a residence on Evergreen. On Tuesday, two videos were shown in court.
One shows a woman, who police believe is Jessica Hampton, talking on a cellphone and appearing to pace. A dark car, which belonged to the victim, arrived and parked with its headlights turned off.
In a second, shorter video, three unidentifiable people can be seen walking past a residence and then fleeing.
During the investigation, police said they learned that Collier approached a man called “Lucky” and another man known as “Keem”. Collier rode in the vehicle with the victim for a few minutes, then the victim and Collier got out of the car and drove to the side of the house where it was dark, according to the affidavit.
Jessica Hampton reportedly told police she “heard a shot, then two more shots…” and saw the victim fall to the ground at the intersection. She said she saw blood and a man go through the victim’s pockets.
Police say that while searching Jessica Hampton’s phone, a text thread indicated the two women were planning to rob Ali-Barnett.