A Lindale man will spend 30 years in prison for his involvement in the 2019 death of a Tyler man after a Longview robbery.

Jared Anthony Freelen, 25, pleaded guilty to murder in the 188th District Court in Gregg County, according to judicial records.

Freelen and Hannah Leigh McCartney, 31, also of Lindale, were arrested in March 2020 in connection with the death of LaDarius Breon Dockins-Bell.

Judicial records show McCartney has a trial scheduled May 17. She remains in the Gregg County Jail on $500,000 bond.

Police said Freelen, McCartney and Dockins-Bell robbed a Longview resident in the 1400 block of East Fairmont Street on Dec. 15, 2019. They used firearms to steal the resident’s cell phone and go through his wallet, according to an arrest affidavit.

Longview said the resident of the home had tried to hire McCartney as a prostitute.

The resident then pulled a gun and shot toward McCartney’s vehicle, hitting Dockins-Bell in the head. McCartney and Freelen drove away in her vehicle with Dockins-Bell inside. They left him on the side of the road near Overton, police said.

Dockins-Bell, 26, died the next day, Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said at the time.

Smith County deputies were dispatched Dec. 15, 2019, in the 17000 block of FM 2089 near Overton, where Dockins-Bell was found.

Initial information suggested Dockins-Bell was dragged out of the vehicle and left on the side of the road, the sheriff’s office said.

Freelen’s vehicle was stopped by a Forney police officer, leading to his arrest. Law enforcement later found McCartney at a hotel in Dallas, the sheriff’s office said.

McCartney also was charged with aggravated kidnapping, but she has only has been indicted on a murder charge, according to judicial records.

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