A couple in Dallas who call themselves “Bonnie and Clyde” were taken into custody Sunday after the couple posted a Facebook Live video where they boasted about shooting someone, Dallas News reported. Hakeem Leprince Griffin-White,17, and Ashley Ann Coleman, 27, were charged for the slaying of 19-year-old man in Oak Cliff, near Dallas, last week.
Griffin-White and Coleman were each charged with one count of murder in the first degree and are being held at the Dallas County Jail. Coleman was being held with bail set at $500,000. Police said Griffin-White also was being held in lieu of $500,000, but jail records showed his bail at $200,000, Dallas News reported.
Furthermore, according to Dallas News, Drekeiston Alex, 19, was walking through a parking lot in the 4800 block of Sunnyvale Street, near East Ledbetter Drive, around 2:40 p.m. Thursday when a man approached him and they started arguing. The man then pulled out a gun in broad daylight and shot Alex in the middle of the street. Then the gunman fled in a red Chrysler PT Cruiser which was being driven by another person.
The Facebook Live video, which has since been deleted, showed Coleman and Griffin-White holding a gun and talking about shooting someone, according to the affidavit. The couple both posted to their Facebook accounts on Friday, denying any involvement in connection to the shooting. “I’m far from a murderer,” Coleman wrote, adding a crying emoji.
The couple recently posted a picture to Coleman’s Instagram account and in the picture Coleman is cradling a rifle while Griffin-White embraces her from behind while holding a handgun. In the caption of the post Coleman wrote, “I’m his Bonnie he my Clyde.”
In Texas first degree murder is referred to as “capital murder” so it is slightly different. Texas law states, “capital murder,” which is murder for which a perpetrator can get a sentence of capital punishment. In order to convict a defendant of capital murder, the prosecutor must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- The defendant intentionally and knowingly caused the death of another person;
- The defendant intended to cause serious bodily injury and committed an act that was clearly dangerous to human life and this act caused the death of an individual; or
- The defendant committed or attempted to commit a felony (other than manslaughter) and in performing that felony, committed an act that was clearly dangerous to human life and this act caused the death of an individual.
In Texas capital murder carries a very serious and very heavy penalty. Since Texas is a state that allows capital punishment, it is possible to receive a death penalty sentence. Generally speaking, the sentence for a capital felony in Texas is either death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.