DALLAS — The death penalty is being considered for a former Clinton resident charged with capital murder in the shooting death of 7-year-old Greenville boy.
Brooke Ashley Craig, 26, formerly of Clinton and a 2009 Prince of Peace graduate, was being held Friday in the Hunt County Detention Center in Texas on one count each of capital murder of a child under 10, no driver’s license, no seat belt and possession of drug paraphernalia. The capital charge was filed in connection with the death of Kaden Green during a disturbance Thursday evening.
Craig is also facing charges in Collin County relation to an early Friday morning chase between McKinney and Frisco, which resulted in her arrest and that of Cameron Castillo, Green’s father.
Craig had filed a writ of habeas corpus from the jail Friday, seeking the appointment of an attorney and 354th District Court Judge Keli Aiken recommended an appointment from the Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases program, which specifically provides defense attorneys for suspects facing the death penalty.
The Greenville Police Department issued an updated account Thursday of the events which led to Green’s death, which indicated officers responded to the 4200 block of Pickett in reference to a disturbance. While checking the residence at 4211 Pickett, the surrounding area, and attempting to locate witnesses, a person came forward but did not report hearing gunshots.
While responding officers were still on scene investigating, the department received a call from the Hunt Regional Medical Center emergency room that a person brought in a 7-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the chest. Investigators responded to both the emergency room and to Pickett Street.
Investigators believe Castillo, 24, came to 4211 Pickett and engaged in possibly a second disturbance between him and Craig, his girlfriend. Castillo exited the residence, entered his own vehicle, backed out of the driveway and headed east on Pickett.
Craig allegedly exited the residence and fired into Castillo’s vehicle, which is when Green suffered a gunshot wound. There were two other children in the vehicle likely related to Castillo.
The vehicle came to a stop. Craig approached the vehicle and as well as a witness. The witness took the child to the emergency room in another vehicle.
Green succumbed to the gunshot at the emergency room. The two other children are in the protective custody of appropriate state agencies.
Officers determined Craig’s location and notified the McKinney Police Department to search for and locate Craig.
The McKinney Police Department issued a statement indicating its officers located Craig’s vehicle leaving a Walgreens at Hardin and Eldorado and initiated a stop.
Craig fled, driving west into Frisco and through several residential areas off Panther Creek, until turning down a dead end street.
The vehicle then attempted to back up but struck the front of one of the McKinney Police Department’s squad cars, causing minor damage.
Both Craig and passenger Cameron Castillo were taken into custody at around 3:40 a.m. Friday without further incident.
Castillo was arrested for a parole violation and remained in custody at the Collin County Jail Friday charged with the parole violation and a charge of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, while Craig was transferred to the Hunt County Jail.
Hunt County Child Protective Services issued an emergency motion with the 354th District Court Friday, seeking the removal of Craig’s 4-year-old male child from her home. A hearing on the motion was not immediately scheduled.