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June 2, 2014

Hearing set in capital murder case

GREENVILLE — A capital murder trial is scheduled to begin later this month, in connection with a shooting death in Greenville during the summer of 2007.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty against George Washington Sharper, is he is convicted of capital murder in connection with the death of David Olivares.

A final pretrial hearing in the case is set Friday before Visiting Judge Joe Clayton of Tyler, who is hearing the case.

The Hunt County District Attorney’s office has subpoenaed more than two dozen witnesses to testify during Sharper’s trial, which is scheduled to begin June 30.

Should Sharper, 35, be convicted of capital murder, he would automatically be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Sharper and Markus Ladane Stephenson were each indicted in the case.

Stephenson pleaded guilty in February 2013 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 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 through the door from outside.

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

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

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