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Grand jury upgrades charge against Central Texas man in girlfriend’s shooting death

Michael Matthews Howard was originally charged with murder in the deadly shooting, which was...
Michael Matthews Howard was originally charged with murder in the deadly shooting, which was reported at around 6:20 p.m. on Aug. 14 in the 3100 block of North 29th Street. (File)(Rissa Shaw)
Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 10:18 AM CST
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Michael Matthews Howard, 20, who was arrested after his girlfriend was shot to death on Aug. 14 in a North Waco neighborhood, was named in a new indictment Thursday charging capital murder.

Howard was originally charged with murder in the deadly shooting, which was reported at around 6:20 p.m. on Aug. 14 in the 3100 block of North 29th Street.

The victim, Sakyra Young, 21, was taken to a Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Young was driving a vehicle in which Howard was riding when she was shot.

After the vehicle crashed into a fence, more shots were fired.

Witnesses said Howard fled after the shooting.

He was found in a vehicle during a high-risk traffic stop at Lakeshore Drive and Gholson Road, police said.

“He was hiding under a blanket,” Waco police Officer Garen Bynum said at the time.

Howard is held in the McLennan County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $1.2 million.

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