Richard Lee Tabler, one of two men convicted in connection with the 2004 murders of two people connected to a Killeen, Texas, strip club, is appealing his case, according to Texas Court of Criminals Appeals records. Tabler received the death penalty after being convicted in March 2007 by a Bell County Texas jury.
His co-defendant, East Newton High School graduate Timothy Doan Payne was convicted later in 2007. The death penalty was not on the table in Payne's case. The following description of the case came from the Killeen Daily Herald:
Tabler and 1st Cavalry Division Pvt. Timothy D. Payne were charged in connection with the November 2004 shooting deaths of Teazers Gentlemen’s Club owner Mohamed-Amine Rahmouni, 25, and his friend Haitham Zayed, 28, whose bodies were found outside of Killeen and of Teazer’s dancer Tiffany Dotson, 18, and Amber Benefield, 16, whose bodies were found just south of Highway 190.
Payne and Tabler used a video camera to record tape of Tabler shooting Rahmouni and Zayed, witnesses said, but the tape was later destroyed.
The shootings were part of what Bell County authorities described as a bizarre plot
The list of intended victims included eight or nine more people, Bell County Sheriff Dan Smith said after the two were arrested.
According to court records, Tabler's lawyers have a May 6 deadline to submit their briefs.