Police charge 12-year-old with capital murder
The 12-year-old Flores Elementary School student charged with capital murder in the shooting death of 24-year-old boxer John Duane VanMeter previously stayed with the victim and his girlfriend due to a troubled childhood, according to VanMeter’s girlfriend Sammy Chapa.
“I know [the suspect] because he was my son’s good friend. I took him in for a while ‘cause he was always in the streets and [I] felt sorry for him. He kept getting into trouble along with my son, so I didn’t allow him in my home anymore,” Chapa said, noting that prior to the incident, the last time the suspect had visited her home was roughly two months ago.
The shooting occurred Wednesday just before 8 p.m. at 624 Boone St., where police say VanMeter resided with his girlfriend. His girlfriend’s two children were also present at the time of the shooting.
According to police, the couple heard what sounded like someone attempting to kick in their front door.
“She stayed in the back bedroom, and he went to check it out,” said UPD chief Daniel Rodriguez, noting that VanMeter received a single gunshot wound to the head.
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