Document: Abilene murder victim lured to street, shot several times


ABILENE, Texas - Court documents reveal the man who was shot and killed Sunday in north Abilene was lured to his death.

Police arrested Michael Gootee, 36, and Kimberly Mansell, 40, early Tuesday morning for the murder of Donald Perkins.

According to court documents obtained by KTXS, Gootee was searching bars and other areas in Abilene looking for Perkins. Witnesses told police that Gootee said "when he found Perkins, he was going to kill him due to a family dispute involving Gootee's daughter."

"This is a tragedy by any account regardless of whose family you're associated with whether it's the victims or suspects," Sgt. Lynn Beard said during a press conference Tuesday.

When Mansell was questioned, she said she "lured Perkins out to where he was shot by telling him she needed help with a flat tire."

According to court documents, phone records show that Mansell called Perkins within minutes of the murder.

"When the victim arrived to assist, he was subsequently shot by Mr. Gootee multiple times and he died at the scene," Beard said.

According to a witness, Mansell watched as Gootee pulled up on a motorcycle Sunday night and shot Perkins several times with what appeared to be a silver handgun.

Perkins' body was found about 9 p.m. lying in Arnold Boulevard between Marigold Street and Interstate-20.

According to the Taylor County Jail log, Gootee's bond has not been set. Mansell is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Police are holding a news conference at 11 a.m. to release more details about the case. KTXS will stream it live on Facebook. Click here to watch.