LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Former SFA football player Michael Motte's death has been ruled by a forensic pathologist as a gunshot wound homicide.
The 24-year old Motte was allegedly shot and killed by 20-year old Nickevette Carey of Nacogdoches according to police on June 27.
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, LeAnn Goerner ordered an autopsy on Motte's death. It was completed on June 30, 2009 by Dr. Tommy Brown with Southeast Texas Forensic Center, Inc. Preliminary results indicate Motte died from two gunshot wounds to the chest and left lower back. The report states toxicology studies are still pending.
The Motte family told KTRE that they suspect something other than robbery is why someone killed Michael Motte. Michael Motte's father said he doesn't believe robbery triggered his son's death.
"They say robbery was the suspected motive," said James Adams, Michael Motte's father. "How would I rob you in a crowd of people and shoot [you] from a distance, but I want your money? That doesn't add up either."
The arrest affidavit states otherwise. According to police, Nickevette Carey, 20, holding a handgun in one hand and money in the other, met four others and indicated to them he shot and robbed Motte.
"No one would rob someone and shoot multiple times and call your name...no...that's not robbery,"said Jonathan McCullough, Motte's brother.
When KTRE contact police on Monday, Sergeant Greg Sowell said there were no new developments in the case and said the investigation is ongoing. Meanwhile, Nickevette Carey is in the Nacogdoches County Jail without bond. Family, friends and others who knew Michael Motte filled the SFA University Center Thursday night for a memorial service. Motte was laid to rest in Houston on Friday.