December 8, 2017
It’s a part of their culture.
Authorities said on Friday they believe two 15-year-olds boys who were involved in a spree of summer robberies killed a pregnant Beaumont woman and her daughter in June.
Johnny Phifer, 15, was certified Thursday to stand trial as an adult. He is charged with capital murder and attempted capital murder for his alleged role in robberies on June 6 and July 12.
Dustin Bernard, 22, who was charged this summer with attempted capital murder in the July 12 robbery, is also a suspect in the June 6 killing of Kera Teel, according to a probable cause affidavit released on Friday.
Kera Teel, 19, was seven months pregnant when she was shot in the parking lot of the SiennaTrails apartment complex just before 2 a.m. on June 6 during an attempted robbery. Kyndal Teel died after her birth at a Beaumont hospital.
According to the affidavit, autopsies revealed that Kera died from gunshot wounds to her upper body, and Kyndal “died as a result of her mother dying.”
Bernard allegedly drove Phifer and another 15-year-old, who is in police custody but has not yet been certified to stand trial as an adult, to Sienna Trails in his black BMW, planning to burglarize cars and rob people, the affidavit states.
Kera Teel and her husband.