$1.5M bond: Charges upgraded for suspected drunken driver in major crash that killed 2 teens in Galveston, police say

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GALVESTON, Texas – Keith Brazier, 28, is currently in the Galveston County Jail after spending the past 25 days in the hospital under police watch, recovering from injuries he sustained during a deadly crash.

Nearly a month after the crash that claimed the lives of two 14-year-old Ball High School students, Brazier, the suspected drunk driver accused of killing them, was released from the hospital and immediately turned over to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

“It has forever impacted all of the families involved, and our island community continues to mourn,” said Galveston Police Chief Doug Balli.

The deadly crash occurred near the intersection of 41st and O on Sept. 2.

28-year-old Keith Aaron Brazier, of Galveston (Galveston County Sheriff's Office)

Brazier, who was already facing a murder charge in the death of 14-year-old Mason Nelson, is now facing a second count of felony murder for the death of 14-year-old Sam Mixon, who died from his injuries on Sept. 16.

On top of the two counts of felony murder, Brazier is also facing an additional charge of intoxication assault.

“So many lives have been affected by this horrible crash. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and everybody that’s affected,” said Sergeant Derek Gaspard, Galveston Police Department.

While bond for both murder charges and intoxication assault now sits at $1.5 million, Brazier won’t be released on bond because a parole board warrant was issued for violating the terms of his parole.

Brazier had just been released on parole after serving time for DWI and cocaine possession before that deadly crash.

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