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Angel San Juan reports on three suspects arrested in deaths of pregnant woman, baby

Kera Teel

UPDATE: The Beaumont Police Department announced Tuesday that two juveniles and one adult were in custody in the June 6 shooting death of Kera Teel and her daughter Kyndal.

PREVIOUS: The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office has dropped capital murder charges against Jared Bias in the murder of Kera Teel, a 19-year-old pregnant woman who was gunned down in Beaumont on June 6.

Assistant District Attorney Cory Kneeland tells us there appeared to be an effort to "pin" the killing on Bias, who investigators originally believed to be "the trigger man."

On Tuesday morning, Kneeland tells us Bias is not guilty of this crime.

Kneeland called it a complicated case "with a lot of moving parts."

Teel was gunned down outside of the Sienna Trails apartment in north Beaumont. The Teel family in July filed a lawsuit against the apartment's ownership, citing its faulty security systems and unwillingness to repair them

Bias had been identified as the shooter by then 17-year-old who had also been arrested in connection to the Teel case.

Police said in June that Atayanna Douglas was involved in the robbery and shooting that led to the death of Teel, whose baby Kyndal Jae Teel did not survive delivery.

When Douglas interviewed with Beaumont PD, she "provided details of the shooting robbery that only a person who was present at the time of the shooting would know," according to the affidavit for Bias' arrest.

She told them Bias one of the three men involved in the shooting.

Beaumont PD Detective Timothy Spikes wrote at the time that she "positively identified defendant Bias as the person who shot and killed Teel."

But through further investigation, prosecutors believe Bias is innocent.

He was released from jail Monday on a $20,000 bond for a separate hindering apprehension charge.

We'll have more on this story at kfdm.com and on-air later today.

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