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Witnesses say victim dared suspect before being shot near Longview park

By Richard Yeakley
April 19, 2013 at 11 p.m.

Two witnesses to the Sunday shooting death of a Longview man told police that alcohol, an argument and an apparent dare led to him being felled by as many as eight shots near a city park.

A criminal complaint made public Friday, along with an arrest warrant, gave further details into the arrest of Cedric Bernard Carldwell, 43, who is charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Huey Lee "Bull" Gray, 63.

The witnesses and Gray had spent the morning "sanding primer on a vehicle" near Stamper Park in the 800 block of Walnut Street before Carldwell arrived, according to their statements to Longview police.

Carldwell "showed up and had brought alcoholic beverages to the location," the complaint said.

Eventually, the witnesses told police, Carldwell and Gray began to argue. Gray then asked the suspect, "What are you going to do? Shoot me?"

According to witnesses, he did.

Gray was "unarmed and put his hands out when he made the statement," the witnesses said. Carldwell shot Gray six to eight times, according to the complaint.

After receiving the witness statements, a Longview police officer phoned Carldwell to ask him to undergo questioning. According to the complaint, Carldwell hung up on the officer.

Carldwell was arrested about 1 a.m. Monday at a home in the 700 block of Sabine Street and was charged with murder.

He was released from jail Tuesday after posting $175,000 bond.

After the incident, Gray was rushed to Good Shepherd Medical Center, where police said he died of his wounds.

Gregg County judicial records show Carldwell has a long arrest record, with previous charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping and assault causing bodily injury.

A member of Gray's family said meeting near the park was a weekly practice, and that Gray and his friends would chat or play games.

Gray had worked for 40 years at Wholesale Supply and attended Longview schools.

Funeral services were scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the Lighthouse of Faith at 2706 Estes Parkway.

Burial will follow at the East Springfield Cemetery in Longview.



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