March 12, 2019

Action Alert:
Call for Charges Against Man who Killed Unarmed Neighbor


On November 12, 2017, Curtis Shelley was walking home from work in Killeen, Texas when he encountered a neighbor on the street. The two men began to argue over Shelley’s dog. The Shelley family had accused the neighbor of stabbing the animal weeks earlier.

During the argument, the neighbor retrieved a loaded long gun from his truck (parked on the street) and pointed it at the unarmed Shelley, who had his hands up for much of the encounter. Witness video captured what unfolded next as the neighbor shot Shelley, 27, at close range, bringing him to the ground. Shelley died in a hospital shortly thereafter.

The incident was investigated by the Texas Rangers and brought to a grand jury in Bell County, which failed to recommend charges. Shelley’s family claims this is because the killer is the son of a Killen police officer.

Please contact Bell County DA Henry Garza through one of the channels below and give him the following message, personalized to your liking:

DA Garza, I was outraged to learn you have not charged the son of a Killeen police officer in the shooting death of 27 year-old Curtis Shelley on November 12, 2017.  The killer gunned an unarmed Shelley down on the street in broad daylight. And over what? A dog that he might have stabbed at some point!  How cheap is life these days in Bell County?  I would not tolerate this in any community in America, much less mine. I don’t care about the NRA’s noxious “Stand Your Ground” law and I don’t care about the recommendation of the recently impaneled grand jury. I want you to bring charges (murder or manslaughter) against the young man who killed Curtis Shelley. You need to do your job and seek justice in this case even if the killer is the son of a Killeen police officer and even if it’s a tough legal road to hoe. You know this shooting was totally unnecessary and the act of an absolute coward. Bring this man to justice. I will be watching your actions closely. 

Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza
Phone: (254) 933-5215
Email:  DistrictAttorney@co.bell.tx.us

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