‘Tampering’ charge filed in connection with capital murder

Police say arrest probably final one

Kevin Cormier is accused of helping bury body. Kevin Cormier is accused of helping bury body. A 31-year-old Caldwell man has become the fifth, and probably the last, person charged in connection with the Jan. 19 slaying of a Rockdale woman.

But Kevin Cormier is not charged with capital murder, as were four other persons earlier this month.

Cormier was arrested Thursday in Bryan on a Rockdale PD warrant charging him with tampering/ fabricating physical evidence (human corpse) with intent to impair.

He is being held in the Milam County Jail without bond.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said the charges allege Cormier participated in moving and burying the body of 34-year-old Emily Hacker to a shallow grave near Lyons in Burleson County.

Cormier is not charged in connection with Hacker’s death, but four other persons are.

Charged with capital murder are: John Wayne Stewart, 36, Caldwell; Ashley Yvonne Wesson-Zawadzke, 23, Somerville; Candice Nicole Jones, 29, Killeen; Edward Brannon Berry, 29, Caldwell.

They remain incarcerated, on bonds ranging up to $635,000 in out-of-county jails.

Newlin said “unless further information is forthcoming the Cormier’s arrest is probably the final one in the Hacker case.”

The capital murder case is expected to go before a Milam County Grand Jury on Thursday.

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