The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

May 1, 2013

Hearing scheduled in capital murder case

By BRAD KELLAR
Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — A hearing is set today in state district court in a Hunt County capital murder case.

An interim hearing is scheduled in the 196th District Court 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 2007 death of David Olivares. Sharper has pleaded not guilty and does not currently have as trial date set in the case.

Stephenson pleaded guilty in February to a reduced charge of murder and was sentenced to 60 years in prison.

Stephenson, formerly of Greenville and Sharper, formerly of Commerce, were alleged in the indictments to have murdered Olivares on or about June 29, 2007 while in the course of committing a burglary of a habitation or robbery.

At approximately 11:20 p.m. that night, 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 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.