The couple accused in the shooting death of a Shelbyville teenager was returned to Shelbyville on Tuesday after spending several days in a Mississippi jail.
Horatio Lewis Rice, 39, of Shelbyville Mills Road, was arrested Friday in Tunica, Mississippi along with girl friend Tiffany Taylor, 37, of Lewisburg, also known as Tiffany Rice by the U.S. Marshal Service.
Rice is being held without bond at Bedford County Jail on charges of first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, being a felon in possession of a weapon, and failure to appear. Bond was set at $50,000 for Taylor, who is charged with accessory after the fact.
“At this time the accessory charge is appropriate because she provided substantial assistance to Horatio in his attempt to avoid arrest,” Deputy Chief Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department said. “Flight from the vicinity of the shooting and substantial assistance in leaving the area to avoid arrest.”
Taylor waited in her car while Rice shot Pascual, police said. Taylor and Rice spray painted the vehicle a different color before driving it to Tunica, Crews said.
They fled to a hotel in the Tunica, Miss., resort complex to hide out after Rice allegedly shot Israel Diego Pascual, 14, in the
head outside a North Main Street laundry on Monday of last week. Pascual, a Shelbyville Central High School freshman, died at the scene.
Rice has confessed to the shooting in interviews with Shelbyville police conducted in Mississippi.
“The interviews confirm our initial thoughts,” Crews said. “There was no connection or history between the parties and there was nothing that transpired before the shootings that would have led to Horatio targeting them specifically. Senseless killing.”
Police have emphasized that neither Pascual nor his brother Sebastian Pascual, 22, have ever been involved in criminal activity. Rice shot into Sebastian Pascual’s car, killing Israel as he sat in the passenger seat because it is similar to someone else’s vehicle, police said.
“Rice confirmed the victims were not the intended targets but would not disclose who his intended target was,” Crews said. “From the very beginning investigators believed they were victimized simply because of the make, model and color of their vehicle.”