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March 11, 2013

Hearings set in multiple local murder cases

GREENVILLE — Hearings are set in Hunt County’s state district courts this week in four separate murder cases.

Defendants charged in two capital murder and two murder cases are scheduled to appear during the next two days.

— A pretrial hearing is set today in the case of Micah Crofford Brown, charged with capital murder in connection with the July 2011 shooting death in Greenville of his ex-wife, Stella Michelle “Doc” Ray. Brown has pleaded not guilty. Brown, 33, remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $1.5 million bond. Jury selection for Brown’s trial is set to begin on March 27.

— An interim hearing is scheduled in the 196th District Court Wednesday for George Washington Sharper, charged with capital murder in connection with a 2007 shooting death in Greenville. Sharper and Markus Ladane Stephenson were each indicted on one count of capital murder involving the June 29, 2007 death of David Olivares. Sharper has pleaded not guilty. Stephenson pleaded guilty last month to a reduced charge of murder and was sentenced to 60 years in prison. Sharper does not currently have as trial date set in the case.

— Sheryl Ann Jackson, 24, of Greenville, remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond on one count of murder concerning the death of 6 month-old Tytus Hoskins. An arraignment hearing concerning the indictment is scheduled Wednesday in the 196th District Court. Jackson is alleged to have left Tytus Hoskins unattended in a vehicle for more than two hours on Dec. 1, 2012 and to have not informed doctors for two days about the incident, which contributed to the child’s death.

— A hearing concerning the potential revocation of the murder probation of Rickey Allen Turner Jr. is scheduled Wednesday in the 196th District Court. Turner, 26, of Greenville was convicted of a juvenile charge of murder in October 2005 in connection with the March 2004 death of his daughter, two-month old Kirriora Turner. The judge in the case sentenced Turner to 10 years in prison, then probated the sentence for 10 years. Turner was arrested by the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office on the evening of January 21 after being found driving without a license for the third time. A motion to revoke Turner’s probation on the murder charge was filed February 6 and he was also alleged to not be participating in the community service restitution program. Turner remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail.

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