A 43-year-old Lewisville man known as “Bone” was convicted of capital murder this week by a Denton County jury.
Tyrone Negal Jenkins stood trial before 158th District Court Judge Steve Burgess for the shooting of Trevor Kronbach inside a Lewisville apartment in the 1900 block of Lakeview Circle on Dec. 20, 2011, Lewisville police records show.
Jenkins will serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole. The Denton County District Attorney’s Office did not seek the death penalty.
On the night Kronbach was murdered, a neighbor called police and reported hearing a gunshot followed by a scream. The neighbor and his wife ran to the apartment to see what was happening.
During the commotion, one of the neighbors reported seeing a man dressed in red sweatpants and a red cap walking by her window, records show.
When Lewisville paramedics arrived, Kronbach, who was 21, had an “obvious circular intrusion wound in the back of his head and blood pooling from underneath the head,” according to an arrest affidavit.
Leins Atzimba, Kronbach’s girlfriend, told investigators that Kronbach got a call from Markell Hardy that evening, told Atzimba that Hardy was coming over and asked her to go to the convenience store and get him an “Icee.”
Police said Atzimba took that as a hint to get out of the apartment so a drug deal could go down and she left at about 12:07 a.m. When she returned about 20 minutes later, she found her boyfriend dead on the floor.
Russell Scales, a longtime friend of Hardy, told police that Hardy stopped by his residence to deliver some firearms after the shooting. Scales said Hardy told him that he and Jenkins robbed Kronbach at his apartment before shooting him.
Multiple witnesses also described Jenkins wearing the clothing during the evening that the neighbor reported earlier to police, officials said.
Coby Waddill, Jenkins’ attorney, said he doesn’t believe there was sufficient evidence to find his client guilty of capital murder, but that he respects the jury’s decision.
Jenkins was facing two additional charges — one for aggravated robbery and one for robbery. Waddill said he had hoped to persuade the jury to find his client’s guilt on one of the lesser charges.
Hardy was tried for murder in April 2013. His trial ended in a mistrial. He later accepted a plea bargain from the district attorney’s office and agreed to a 40-year prison sentence.
Jamie Beck, first assistant district attorney, said via email Friday that Jenkins deserved life in prison. A third defendant in the case remains to be tried.
“This was a difficult case, as we had all three co-defendants pointing the finger at each other,” she said. “We are pleased the jury was able to see past all that and evaluate the evidence and come to a swift verdict of guilt and life without the possibility of parole.”
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