No plea bargain for shooting suspect in death of SFA football player, trial to begin October 7
POSTED: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 7:17am
Tyler, Texas (KETK) —
On Monday, a judge announced there would be no plea bargain in the case Ricky Neal, Jr., 23, of Tyler, who reportedly murdered former Chapel Hill High School and Stephen F. Austin State University football player, Chris Mass, 23, of Tyler.
Neal has also been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police determined he also shot at Jonathan Lamone Dews, 29, of Tyler.
On Saturday, February 9, 2013, Neal allegedly killed Mass following a dispute involving Twitter.
According to Tyler police, around 9:15 a.m., officials were dispatched to a shooting in the mall's parking lot near JC Penny.
Officials say Neal and his girlfriend went to the mall to buy shoes at Champs. As they entered the mall, Neal noticed a group of men, one of which he had an issue with prior about "tweeting" at his girlfriend.
A confrontation ensued between Neal and another man from the group inside the mall and continued in the parking lot.
According to authorities, Neal then pulled out a gun and shot the victim, later identified as Mass, multiple times, killing him.
According to Officer Don Martin from TPD, Neal was cooperative with authorities, and was taken into custody and will be charged with Homicide.