Hundreds of jurors interviewed Wednesday in murder trial - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/9/09

Hundreds of jurors interviewed Wednesday in the case of quiet Lubbock neighborhood murder

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The jury selection begins Wednesday morning in the trial of a man accused of killing a Lubbock senior citizen. Those selected to be on the jury will come from a group of 200 people. The selection could take up to six weeks.

27-year-old Alonzo Lewis is facing the death penalty. He is charged with capital murder in the stabbing death of a retired air force colonel Don McCullough.

In July of 2007, a Lubbock Grand Jury indicted Lewis for capital murder.

Lubbock Police say the first time the two men met was most likely when McCullough offered Lewis a bottle of water on July 7th, 2007. Minutes later, Lewis returned to 8017 Vinton and allegedly attempted to steal something from the garage and attacked McCullough.

A chilling 911 call from the victim's wife brought police to Southwest Lubbock, and later to a restaurant just a block away. Investigators credit a witness with giving them the tip they needed to find Lewis.

That witness told police the man she saw had a Rosa's Cafe logo on his shirt. Police tell us without that tip; they may have still been searching for the suspect Tuesday night.

911 Operator: "9-1-1"

Mrs. McCullough: "Yes, hi 8017 Vinton Avenue. A black man beat my husband up in the garage."

This call lead police to Southwest Lubbock.

911 Operator: "Do you know this man?"

Mrs. McCullough: "No, never saw him in my life. He's passing around stuff. My husband's bleeding, hurry!"

When officers arrived they found McCullough dead inside his garage. His wife told police her husband had just returned home from running errands, when the suspect attacked him.

Officers quickly closed off the area, and began a search, utilizing dogs and the Department of Public Safety helicopter, but it was a witness who eventually led police to Rosa's Cafe and the man now charged in McCullough's murder, Alonzo Lewis.

"She gave a pretty good description of it, and so I thought the police should know about it. She and I went out to the alley and talked to the police and that's when they responded and went over to Rosa's," neighbor Tim Blanchette said.

Rosa's management told NewsChannel 11 Lewis worked under the name Mario Jacobs. He'd been a dishwasher at there for less than a month, and according to police he clocked into work the same day of the murder, just minutes after he allegedly stabbed McCullough.

NewsChannel 11 looked into Lewis' past, and found he and his wife has only lived in Lubbock for six months before the murder occurred. Lewis had burglary warrants issued in Monroe, Louisiana, and that maybe the reason he took an alias.

Lewis appeared in Lubbock County Court to be arraigned for capital murder on July 10th, 2007. He has been held in the Lubbock County Jail, on a $1-million bond.

NewsChannel 11 is following this story and will bring you the latest on kcbd.com and on the news at 5, 6, and 10.

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