Teens certified as adults in Temple murder

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Two girls who were sixteen when first arrested have now been certified to stand trial as adults in the murder of a Temple man.

Veronica Martin and Jazlyn Miller were originally held as juveniles and were, in fact, the first held in connection with the December  5, 2018 death of Isaac Kohlhaas who was shot in the parking lot of a Temple Walmart store.

Bond for Martin was set at $150,000 but had not yet been set for Miller Tuesday morning.

They were certified to stand trial as adults by Bell County Court at Law Judge # 3 Rebecca Depew.

Two other women arrested from out of state have been brought back and also face murder charges in the case.

They were 18-year-old Rashan Nae Fonne Brent who was arrested in South Carolina and Chelsea Swint who was arrested in Fort Collins Colorado.

All four are now being held in the Bell County Jail.

Arrest affidavits for Swint and Brent said that a woman interviewed at the hospital where Kohlhaas was taken told them the victim had planned to meet someone at the Walmart to sell them marijuana.

The affidavit also specified that a bag of marijuana was found beneath the victim.

The affidavit said the victim’s Facebook Messenger account was accessed and revealed a conversation between Kohlhaas and someone later identified as one of the female juveniles detained in the case setting up the meeting at the Walmart parking lot.

The affidavit said officers viewed surveillance video obtained at the Walmart and saw the victim’s vehicle pull into a parking spot with a dark colored sedan pulling in at an angle close to his.

Two people were seen getting out of the sedan and getting into the victim’s vehicle, then getting back out and running back to the dark sedan as the victim got out of his car and collapsed.

The affidavit said that the next day,  a juvenile female met voluntarily with police and said another juvenile along with Brent and Swint had talked about setting up a marijuana dealer to be robbed.
 

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