2 Fort Worth men indicted in teen girl's slaying in Tanglewood

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Two Fort Worth men have been indicted on capital murder charges in the June shooting of a 17-year-old girl during what apparently was a robbery gone wrong at a Tanglewood-area home.

Terrance Laron Crumley and Curtis C Fortenberry, both 21 and former football standouts at North Crowley High School, were indicted last week by a Tarrant County grand jury in the death of Claudia Hidic, also of Fort Worth.

The Tarrant County district attorney's office has not indicated whether it plans to seek the death penalty in the case.

Hidic was shot in the head and died on the back steps of an acquaintance's home on Overton Park West near Tanglewood Elementary during what police said was a gunbattle that erupted during a robbery masterminded by Hidic.

Fortenberry told police that he believed Hidic was caught in the crossfire between him and a man at the home, according to a sworn statement filed by police.

Police said Hidic is believed to have recruited the two men with promises of quick money in the robbery. The plan called for the two men to pretend that Hidic was a hostage and that they were looking for a man called "Ghost" who owed them $900, according to the sworn statement.

The three knocked on the door of the home, which Hidic had visited several times, and were invited inside, police said.

The resident was not home but six other people were there, including a 10-year-old child. The gunbattle broke out after one of the men inside the home retrieved a gun from a bathroom.

Fortenberry told police that he may have accidentally shot Hidic during the gunfire exchange, but his attorney, Brian Goza, said evidence is not clear on who fired the fatal shot.

"Mr. Fortenberry had no intention of shooting Ms. Hidic," Goza said. "I don't think it's clear from the evidence I've seen that he's the one who shot her."

Crumley's attorney, Warren St. John, said his client was not involved in the gunfire.

"My client maintains his innocence," he said. "He didn't participate in any shooting."

Prosecutor Lisa Callaghan could not be reached for comment.

At the time of the shooting, Crumley was on deferred-adjudication probation for theft of property valued at $50 to $500. He also has been charged with misdemeanor theft of property ranging from $500 to $1,500.

Fortenberry is facing a felony charge of burglarizing a home in March and two misdemeanor charges, for theft of property valued at $50 to $500 and misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury to a family member, according to court records.

Both played for the North Crowley football team during the 2008 season and both had received scholarships to play football at East Central University in Oklahoma, a former coach told the Star-Telegram.

Hidic had been a student at Southwest High School but had transferred to Euless Trinity. She dropped out after leaving a foster family to move in with a sister, another sister told the Star-Telegram. She had told people at the time she needed money.

Dianna Hunt, 817-390-7084

Twitter: @DiannaHunt

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