Texas Murder Suspect’s Chopped-Off Man Bun Helps Officers Identify Him As Suspected Shooter, Cops Say

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Source: Taylor County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

Feb. 12 2023, Published 3:13 p.m. ET

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A man was accused of murder after a witness recalled he was sporting a man bun during a shooting that he then chopped off, authorities said.

On Feb. 7, a Taylor County Grand Jury indicted Brandon Neely on a murder charge in connection with the shooting death of Chungu Mishele in Abilene, KTAB/KRBC reported.

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Last November, court documents obtained by the stations state a female witness got into an altercation with Mishele at an apartment complex and phoned her brother, who showed up with Neely and several other men to defend her.

Mishele was shot and killed in the parking lot, and the witness, who was struck in the leg by a bullet, told police the alleged shooter, Neely, was a “male with long hair that was wrapped up in a bun,” according to the court documents.

After the deadly incident, the witness said she and the men, including Neely, went to an apartment in the complex.

Court documents state the witness told investigators Neely hid the gun used in the slaying in cloth and cut off his long hair.

Police executing a search warrant at the property recovered the gun as well as Neely’s chopped-off hair in the cloth, court documents show.

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Neely was taken into custody in Willis Point and charged with Mishele’s murder.

He was being held on $1,000,000 bond.


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