TEXAS – Grand Prairie police, with help from the U.S. Marshal Services’ fugitive task force, arrested D’jon Antone, 18, Nov. 4. He was charged with capital murder in the death of actor Eddie Hassell, who had ties to the Cedar Creek Lake area.
Hassell was shot early in the morning of Nov. 1 on West Bardin Road, near Texas Highway 360 in Grand Prairie. His girlfriend, Andrea Trester, who was with him moments before the shooting said there was no reason he should have been robbed and killed. Trester didn’t hear the gunshot inside her apartment. Police broke the devastating news to her at her door.
The couple had shared drinks earlier in the evening and came home for a couple of minutes. Trester recalled Hassell saying he was going to go out to her car and look for his phone. Hassell never returned. She thought he was making a phone call or smoking a cigarette, so she fell asleep but when she woke up her world changed.
Detectives in the case believe Antone was trying to rob Hassell and that he was targeted at random. They do not know why Antone would be at that complex, he does not live there and doesn’t live in Grand Prairie. A police affidavit states that surveillance video shows “an unknown black male believed to be in his early teens fleeing the apartment complex” in Trester’s Nissan Sentra, stolen after shooting Hassell. Antone has been charged with capital murder. His bond was set at $500,000.
Trester stated that Hassell didn’t have anything on him but her keys and that his wallet was on the counter of her apartment.
Hassell was born in Corsicana and he had been landing acting roles since he was a teenager. Hassell was best known for his role in NBC’s sci-fi series “Surface,” as well as appearing in “Devious Maids” on the Lifetime Channel and in the Oscar-nominated film “The Kids Are Alright.”