The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

November 5, 2012

Hearing set in 2007 capital murder case

By BRAD KELLAR
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — A hearing is scheduled in a Hunt County district court today for one of two suspects charged with capital murder in connection with a 2007 shooting death in Greenville.

An interim hearing is set for 9 a.m. in the 196th District Court for Markus Ladane Stephenson, who is alleged to have killed a man on his 19th birthday.

Stephenson and George Washington Sharper are alleged in the indictments to shot and killed David Olivares at a residence on Henderson Street in June 2007.

Stephenson has pleaded not guilty.

No trial dates have been scheduled in the case and prosecutors have not yet announced whether they intend to seek the death penalty for either of the defendants, should be they be convicted of capital murder.

Stephenson, 24, formerly of Greenville and Sharper, 33, formerly of Commerce, remain in custody at the Hunt County Jail, each being held in lieu of $1 million bond.

The indictments allege the pair murdered Olivares on or about June 29, 2007 while in the course of committing a burglary of a habitation or a robbery.

Stephenson was born on June 29, 1988.

At approximately 11:20 p.m. on the night in question, officers with the Greenville Police Department received a call of a shooting at 3408 Henderson Street. Olivares, 32, had been shot once in the upper right chest and died as the result of his wound.

Several people lived in the house and originally claimed that Olivares was sitting in the living room, which had a glass door on one side, and was shot from outside, through the door.

Two fires later occurred at the house, including one in September 2007 which destroyed the residence.

Olivares’ death was one of three homicides reported locally between June 29 and July 1, 2007.

Capital murder carries an automatic sentence upon conviction of either life in prison without parole or death by lethal injection.