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Teen arrested, charged with murder in grandfather's death

76-year-old Leonard Barnes was found dead inside his Gatesville home. His grandson, 19-year-old Kaleb Johnson-Barnes, was arrested and charged.
Credit: Coryell Co. Sheriff's Office
Kaleb Johnson-Barnes arrested on murder charge for shooting death of his grandfather.

GATESVILLE, Texas — A 19-year-old was arrested and charged with murder in connection to his grandfather's death.

Gatesville police were called to a home in the 400 block of Bridge Street Monday. When officers arrived they found a man lying in the doorway to the home with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. 

The man was identified as Leonard Carroll Barnes, 76. He was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Jim Caldwell. His body was sent to Dallas for an autopsy.

Investigators with the Gatesville Police Department, along with the help of a Ranger from the Texas Department of Public Safety started processing the scene and talking with neighbors and witnesses to identify potential suspects.

Police later arrested  Kaleb Jeramiah Johnson-Barnes, 19, of Gatesville. He was charged with murder, which is a 1st Degree Felony. Johnson Barnes is Leonard Barnes' grandson and reportedly lived at the home. His bond was set at $1,000,000.

This is an active case and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Gatesville Police Department at (254) 865-2226. You can also reach out to the Centex Crime Stoppers at (254) 865-TIPS.

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