A woman has been charged with lying to police and supplying the gun allegedly used in the homicide of a Hays man in February.
Charges were filed in Ellis County District Court last week against Alysha K. Meade, 29. She is charged with interference with a law enforcement officer and criminal distribution of a firearm to a felon.
Just after 10 p.m. Feb. 27, Hays Police responded to a 911 call of a domestic disturbance involving a gun in the 2700 block of Indian Trail. When they arrived on the scene, they discovered a 26-year-old man, later identified as Diego Gallaway, had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ryan Paul Thompson, 34, was identified as a person of interest in the shooting. He faces charges of premeditated and intentional first-degree murder.
The complaint against Meade alleges that on March 4, Meade told a Hays Police Department detective investigating the shooting that several weeks prior, Thompson and several other individuals were in her van when Bryce Koehn provided a firearm to Thompson.
In a 2015 paternity suit filed by Meade in Ellis County, a Bryce Koehn was ruled the father of Meade’s child and ordered to pay child support, according to court records.
The secondary charge alleges that on Feb. 27, Meade gave a Browning Buck Mark .22 caliber handgun to Thompson, knowing he had been convicted of felony aggravated endangerment of a child in October in Russell County.
If convicted of the interference charge, Meade would face special sentencing rules for a crime committed while on felony bond in a Texas case and for a crime committed while on felony probation for a Russell County case. Under the special sentencing, the courts could impose a prison sentence even if the presumptive sentence is probation.
Meade also faces several drug charges in a separate case in Ellis County, for which she was arrested March 8. She has been charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and three misdemeanor drug charges: possession of alprazolam — an anti-anxiety medication sold as Xanax — possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She remains in custody in Ellis County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond.
Thompson is also charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and criminal possession of a firearm by a felon. He is in the Ellis County Jail in lieu of $750,000 bond.