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New Details Emerge In Temple Double Murder Case

TEMPLE, Texas - We have new information from the arrest affidavit of the man accused of killing two men at the Temple O'Reilly Auto Parts store last week.

Theodore Sims faces two charges of capital murder. 

Police said his violent rampage started at Temple's Gem Pawn last Wednesday. According to the affidavit, he came to the store just after 4:00 p.m. and asked store employees "for the cheapest shotgun". He left with a $145 black 12-gauge weapon. 

Four hours later, police say he pulled up to Belton's Napa Auto Parts store in a spray painted Nissan Altima, pointing a gun at the assistant manager and another store worker. 

The two men recognized him as a former employee recently fired for stealing. They ran off and say Sims left. 

Soon after 11:00 p.m., Temple Police were asked to check on the employees at the O'Reilly Auto Parts store. Officers found Robert Pellerin, III and Cody Cornell dead inside. Both of the victims had been bound with duct tape and shot with a shotgun. 

They didn't find shell casings at the scene. Investigators believe Sims went to Killeen's Red Lion Hotel to clean up after the shootings. 

A housekeeper at the hotel says she found a washcloth covered in blood the next morning. Harker Heights Police captured Sims at Murphy's Gas Station around 2:00 p.m. that afternoon. 

The manager of Gem Pawn released a statement saying all customers are required to pass a background check before they can buy guns from the store.


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