A Bowie County grand jury handed down a capital murder indictment Thursday morning for an 18-year-old Texarkana man accused of beating a toddler to death.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Da’Corian’s body was bruised on his head, face, torso, legs and pelvic area and his internal organs had suffered such blunt force some of them were torn. Gayton was allegedly babysitting Da’Corian and his 1-year-old sister while their mother was at work.
Gayton was arrested a couple of days later at a relative’s home in Texarkana, Texas. Police who were there to serve him with a capital murder warrant allegedly found him hiding beneath a bathroom cabinet.
Gayton is scheduled to appear in court next month for arraignment before 102nd District Judge Bobby Lockhart.