Homicide indictment at Ella Apartments in Lubbock



Lubbock County grand jurors have indicted a Lubbock teenager arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy during a drug theft from a central Lubbock apartment.

The grand jurors also indicted two people who, according to police investigators, sold marijuana in the apartment that was the target of the botched theft.

Mifford Hannon III, is charged with murder in the June 9 shooting death of Dequavion Traylor at the Ella Apartments in the 1100 block of 58th Street.

Jakhydryon Nhrius Cheatham, 18, and Christopher Trevino, 24, are charged with one count of possession between 4 ounces and 5 pounds of marijuana.

Police in Lubbock responding to a shooting call in the apartment found Traylor suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken by ambulance to the University Medical Center where he died.

Cheatham told police he, Trevino, Traylor and another person were in the apartment where he was selling marijuana. He said Traylor responded to a knock on the door and encountered three armed people wearing masks and dark clothing, according to an arrest warrant.


According to the warrant, Cheatham reportedly told police the masked men had started shooting and he, Traylor and another person in the apartment fired back.

Cheatham told investigators he jumped out of a window during the shooting, the warrant says.

Trevino, whose sister is the apartment’s registered tenant, called 911, telling dispatchers “they were robbed and they hit back.” However, Trevino told police at the scene that he was not at the apartment during the shooting.

Meanwhile, the thieves were seen fleeing the scene in a white van.

A search of the apartment revealed more than 6 ounces of marijuana.

Investigators found Snapchat videos from that night showing Trevino, wearing the same clothes, standing in the kitchen with pots containing marijuana. Traylor can be seen in one of the videos and Cheatham can be heard in the background saying, “The drug trade brings you great things.”

About six days after the shooting, Lubbock police arrested Hannon and a 16-year-old boy, who allegedly admitted to shooting Traylor.

The two men told police they were part of a team of seven who planned the theft of the apartment.

Hannon was incarcerated at the Lubbock County Detention Center where he remains. His bond is set at $ 500,000. The 16-year-old was taken to Lubbock County Juvenile Justice Center.

On June 16, police officials announced the arrest of five other teenagers for their role in the failed robbery.

Meanwhile, police arrested Cheatham and Trevino for the marijuana found in the apartment.

Cheatham, who was arrested on June 16, is still being held at the Lubbock County Detention Center. His bond is set at $ 40,000. Trevino, who was arrested on June 23, is still being held at the Lubbock County Detention Center. However, his bond was reduced on Monday from $ 40,000 to $ 15,000.



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