LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County District Attorney's Office will seek the death penalty when the man accused of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend and her daughter in an ambush-style attack in August 2013 when his case goes to trial at a later date.
East Texas News learned of the DA's plans to seek the death penalty Thursday.
McKelvey appeared in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court Thursday for a pre-trial hearing. During the hearing, the prosecutor for the District Attorney's office informed the court that they may present as many as 50 pieces of physical evidence that contains DNA evidence.
However, the state will not know exactly how many pieces will be entered into evidence until after they are all sent off to a Texas Department of Public Safety crime lab in Houston for screening.
McKelvey is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a capital felony charge of murder of multiple persons, four second-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges, and six misdemeanor traffic charges. Collectively, his bail has been set at $1.5 million.
The double murder occurred in the Cedar Grove community at approximately 11:57 p.m. on Aug. 4, 2013. Killed were Teresa Hoyle, 39, and her daughter, Shaunika Hoyle, 22, both of Lufkin. Teresa Hoyle had three children, and her two youngest daughters, 9-year-old twins, were in the car with her when she was shot.
At that point, McKelvey allegedly went outside and shot Teresa Hoyle through the passenger window, Sanches said. Teresa Hoyle was struck in the head by the gunfire, and the driver of the car rushed her to Lufkin Memorial Hospital. However, she was pronounced on arrival at the hospital.
The twin girls suffered minor injuries from glass fragments. However, they are safe and are in the custody of a family member.
McKelvey remained on the run until he turned himself in to authorities on Aug. 5, 2013.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice records show that McKelvey has two prior convictions on his record. On Feb. 17, 1995, a Nacogdoches County jury convicted him for attempted murder and sentenced him to 14 years in prison.
McKelvey was released on parole on June 18, 2003. His parole supervision ended on Oct. 31, 2008.
On December 1, 2006, McKelvey was convicted of evading detention. According to TDCJ records, he served a six-month sentence in the Angelina County Jail.