Suspect in school threats jailed on $500,000 bond

Former KHS student could face six felonies

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A 19-year-old Kilgore High School alum has been charged with making a terroristic threat against the campus and faces additional felony counts in Kilgore PD’s ongoing case.

David Alexander Nelson was arrested Friday evening and booked into Gregg County Jail Sunday. He remains incarcerated on $500,000 bond for an initial third-degree felony charge and could see an additional five counts of Terroristic Threat after menacing the high school and individual students last week via posts on the social media app SnapChat.

The threats began Wednesday, Oct. 24, KPD noted in a press release Monday.

“Over the next two days several threats of violence were sent to various students,” Assistant Chief Roman Roberson reported, the suspect using a fake SnapChat account. “After two days of intense investigation, the Kilgore Police Criminal Investigative Unit identified an Elderville Community residence which evidence indicated to be the origin of the threats.”

KPD detectives traveled to the home Friday evening and soon ID’d Nelson as their suspect.

His family was cooperative with the investigators, Roberson reported, and the 19-year-old confessed to sending the threats “as a prank.”

Charged with Terroristic Threat Felony 3, Nelson was arraigned Saturday by Kilgore Municipal Court Judge Glenn Phillips, bond set at half-a-million dollars.

In the Texas Penal Code, a person accused of third-degree felony Terroristic Threat “threatens to commit any offense involving violence to any person or property with intent to … cause impairment or interruption of public communications, public transportation, public water, gas, or power supply or other public service; place the public or a substantial group of the public in fear of serious bodily injury;  or influence the conduct or activities of a branch or agency of the federal government, the state, or a political subdivision of the state.”

According to state law, punishment for Felony 3 ranges from two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

“KPD would like to offer their gratitude for all the work and assistance we received,” Roberson wrote Monday, “from KISD, FBI, Texas DPS, Longview PD, Gregg County DA, Gregg County SO and Rusk County SO along with the support of our community in bringing this investigation to a speedy and successful conclusion.”

Roberson asked anyone with additional information on the case to contact KPD Det. John Rowe at 903-218-6906, referencing case $1810-1326. Leads can be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers via 903-236-STOP.

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