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Juvenile suspect in Beaumont woman's killing certified as an adult

Kera Teel

A juvenile suspect in the June 6 killing of Kera Teel and her newborn baby has been certified to be tried as an adult, KFDM/Fox 4 has confirmed.

Johnny Phifer, 15, faces a capital murder charge. He is being held at the Jefferson County jail on bonds totaling $2.5 million.

Dustin Bernard, who had already been accused of shooting a man in the west end over the summer, is also suspected in Teel's killing.

Since he is a juvenile, Phifer will not be eligible for the death penalty.

Earlier this week, robbery charges were dropped against a woman who had previously been linked to the killing of a pregnant mother in Beaumont earlier this year.

Atayanna Douglas is the second defendant who investigators previously believed to be involved in Kera Teel's killing in June to have charges dropped.

Earlier this month, the Beaumont Police Department announced capital murder charges against Jared Bias were dropped after he spent several months behind bars.

Douglas, according to court documents, had implicated Bias as the shooter. But investigators have since found her to be untruthful.

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