Manslaughter Case Changes to Murder for Shooting Death in Lubbock County

LUBBOCK, TX - A Lubbock County man who was arrested in October for manslaughter has now been indicted instead for murder.  

Kenneth Lee Cate, 56, was arrested on October 5 for the shooting death of David Perez, 55.  Court records said Cate, Perez and a third man were shooting guns in the 8500 block of North County Road 2600.  Perez stepped in front of Cate while he was shooting a .380 handgun.  

Court records said Cate had been drinking.  Those same court records said Cate waited 15 minutes before calling for help.  Perez was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Cate has been held in the Lubbock County Detention Center since his arrest.  He would need to post a $100,000 bond to be released from jail until his trial date. 

A maximum penalty for the manslaughter charge would be 20 years in prison.  But the maximum penalty for the murder charge would be 99 years or life in prison.  

Related Story: Lubbock Co. Man Jailed, Another Dead After Shooting Incident


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