ANGLETON — More than two years after Don Weido’s death, potential jurors packed a Brazoria County courtroom Monday as the second of three Needville people charged with capital murder prepared to stand trial.
Jarret Angst, 22, faces life in prison if convicted of the capital felony. Stephen Heiman, 23, was sentenced to life in prison last year while Rita Young, 59, remains in Brazoria County jail in lieu of a $2 million bond, online records show.
Young is accused of paying Heiman and Angst to kill 49-year-old Weido in his Pearland home Jan. 22, 2017.
Under state law, a person commits capital murder when it’s for remuneration or they employ another to commit murder for money or the promise of payment.
A jury was selected for Angst's case Monday night and arguments begin at 9 a.m. today.
Heiman pleaded not guilty on Sept. 17, but was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison Sept. 25, according to online records. Young’s trial is set for Sept. 3.
Investigators determined Heiman went to Young’s house five days before the killing looking for work, The Facts previously reported, when she offered him $100 to take two guns, beat and “pistol whip” Weido.
After responding to a shots fired call Jan. 22, police entered Weido’s home in the Shadow Creek Ranch subdivision and found him dead from multiple gunshot wounds, previous reports stated.
Witnesses and neighborhood surveillance cameras captured a Ford Taurus registered to Angst leaving the scene, according to court documents.
Heiman told investigators that he knocked on the door and began firing when Weido answered before kicking the door in, court documents stated.
“He chased the victim toward the kitchen at the back of the house,” the affidavit said. “Stephen stated he believed the victim was struck at least one time by the bullets he fired.”
Heiman told police he then began to hit Weido with his fist before Angst shot the man with the gun he was carrying.
From a Houston Methodist Hospital bed, Young said she didn’t want the men to kill Weido and planned to drive to Pearland upon being released from the hospital Jan. 27, 2017 and kill Weido herself. There was a gun in her purse in the hospital room, The Facts previously reported.
Angst remains at Brazoria County jail on a $1.5 million bond since his arrest Jan. 22, 2017, online records show.
Angst is represented by retained Pearland attorneys Kyle Verret and Robert Miller. He sat in the 300th District Courtroom wearing a suit and tie on Monday.
The trial resumes at 9 a.m. today.