Lubbock man sentenced to 40 years in deadly shooting at apartment complex

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The Lubbock County Courthouse.
The Lubbock County Courthouse.

Wayne Pickett didn't mince words Tuesday when he spoke to the man who shot and killed his son in what prosecutors believe was a home-invasion robbery four years ago.

"Today, you move out of my mind and rot in Hell. I hope you pay your price in prison," Pickett told Trayvion Caro after he was sentenced to 40 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to murder in the March 9, 2018 shooting death of 30-year-old Matthew Wayne Pickett four years ago at his brother's apartment in the 1300 block of 65th Drive.

Caro, 23, entered his plea via video conference from the Lubbock County Detention Center where he has been held since his March 14, 2018 arrest. He faced five years to life in prison.

Caro
Caro

He will have to serve half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

However, prosecutor Barron Slack said Caro would likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

"It's a very lengthy -- if not unsurvivable -- prison sentence," he said. "It reflected the strength of the case, the investigation and the nature of the homicide itself."

He said Pickett's family was satisfied with the outcome of the case.

Caro's charge stems from a Lubbock police investigation that began March 9, 2018, when officers responded to an 8 p.m. criminal mischief call at the apartment complex were flagged down by relatives who were checking on Pickett.

Pickett's family member found him suffering a gunshot wound to the chest at the entry way of the apartment where he was dog-sitting for his brother, who took a spring-break trip with his wife, according to an arrest warrant.

An upstairs neighbor who initially called police told investigators she heard "a loud boom," and her window was also broken, the warrant states. She later found a bullet in her apartment and turned it over to police.

The investigator at the scene found a security camera video system at Pickett's brother's apartment and obtained a search warrant to download the footage. The video showed a man, later identified as Caro, knocking on the door and entering the apartment. Several minutes later in the video, the front window exploded and Caro was seen running from the apartment.

Caro was arrested without incident by Lubbock police in the 2400 block of East 9th Street, police officials said.

As detectives investigated the homicide case, one other person, who was also seen on the security footage, was identified as a person of interest on the case. However, Slack said the investigation indicates that Caro acted alone .

"I believe generally it was a robbery," he said. "Some money and other items may have been taken ... There's video [evidence] that corroborates and he's the one who took violent actions. And so, that's the correct outcome of the case."

This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Lubbock man sentenced in deadly shooting at apartment complex