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Victoria man faces capital murder, arson charges

By Jessica Priest
Feb. 25, 2014 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 25, 2014 at 8:26 p.m.

Shawn Chapel

A Victoria man could face life in prison or the death penalty if found guilty of beating a man to death and setting fire to his motel room.

A grand jury returned a two-count indictment Thursday against Shawn Chapel, 33, who is accused of killing Daniel Lee Silgero the morning of Nov. 24.

Chapel is charged with capital murder-robbery and arson, the latter of which is a first-degree felony.

His attorney, Elliott Costas, declined to comment about the case.

Chapel and Silgero were associates, Criminal District Attorney Stephen Tyler said Tuesday, declining to elaborate

Tyler has not decided whether the state will seek the death penalty.

Silgero, 66, lived in Victoria Motel Room 6A, where the events unfolded, the prosecutor said.

An autopsy showed Silgero was struck in the back of the head with a hammer. Chapel was found with syringes, Silgero's credit card and ID, money and prescription drugs such as alprazolam, he added.

"One of the bills had the victim's blood on it," Tyler said.

Chapel also sprayed accelerant on Silgero's bed and ignited it, Tyler said.

"Like most murders, it was brutal. It was personal," he said.

Chapel's arraignment is scheduled for March 7.

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