By Charlotte Aguilar
A 26-year-old man — only days out of prison — with a lengthy rap sheet listing charges ranging from drugs, burglary, theft, evading arrest, escape from custody, and weapons possession has now been charged with capital murder in the Feb. 21 murder of a teenage Bellaire pizzeria worker.
The man, Kiara Elijahjuan “KT” Taylor of northeast Houston, is in custody and will be in court Thursday. He could face the death penalty.
Taylor was arrested in his neighborhood over the weekend for felony firearms possession and had been charged and was in custody when he was tied to the Bellaire murder.
Bellaire police believe they have evidence that will prove he gunned down 19-year-old Peter Mielke, shooting him multiple times during an attempted robbery when Mielke could not open the cash register. It turned out Mielke, a Bellaire HS graduate who was working an extra shift to put himself through college, did not have the necessary authorization to open the register.
Other employees at the restaurant, in the office at the time, fled outside and reported the attempted robbery to police, who were at the scene within minutes.
Surveillance video from cameras inside and outside the restaurant provided clear images of the suspect entering and leaving Reginelli’s Pizzeria, 5301 Bissonnet St., and Police Chief Byron Holloway told InstantNews that investigators had been able to study the video to determine what surfaces the suspect had touched in order to extract possible DNA evidence.
Last week, CrimeStoppers increased its original $5,000 reward to $10,000.