Two Arrested in Connection with Hearne Double Murder

By: Ashlea Sigman & Steve Fullhart Email
By: Ashlea Sigman & Steve Fullhart Email

On a late October night, on Navasota Street in Hearne, Police say 28-year-old Chandell Lewis was killed.

"I seen my cousin Chandell's body laying right here, right near the meter," said Cliff Lewis.

That night, Chandell Lewis' neighbor, 50-year-old Harry Monson also died.

"He came out, he was trying to help him, and stop them, and they shot him too," said Cliff Lewis.

Hearne Police believe they have two men responsible, behind bars.

"We have information that they drove up to these individuals and jumped out of the car and ran up and shot them," said Chief Gene Wilganowski, of the Hearne Police Department.

21-year-old D'nard Anderson of Waco was arrested November 7th in Waco, and charged with capital murder.

A week later, police picked up Waco resident, 21-year-old Dameon Laws, in Waco, and also charged him with capital murder.

"We believe it to be a possible robbery. Whether it involved drugs or money, we're not clear on that yet," said Wilganowski.

Police won't comment on how the four may have known each other, or whether or not they believe any of them sold drugs, but officers say drugs were found at the scene.

"I'm going to miss him, I'm really going to miss him. I just hate that it had to happen," said Rita Lewis.

"We're gonna give the family closure. That's our job and we intend do that," said Wilganowski.

Hearne Police say they are still investigating the case.

Dameon Laws is being held in the McLennan County Jail on a 1.6 million dollar bond.

In addition to his capital murder charge, he is also charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an August shooting in Waco.

D'nard Anderson has been taken to the Robertson county jail, where he remains on a one million dollar bond.

Capital murder charges carry with them a possibility of the death penalty. Since 1976, Texas Department of Criminal Justice records show no executions based on crimes committed in Robertson County. No current death row inmates committed crimes in that county.

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