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January 14, 2013

Hearing scheduled in 2007 capital murder case

GREENVILLE — A hearing is scheduled today for one of two defendants charged with capital murder in connection with a 2007 shooting death in Greenville.

The interim hearing for Markus Ladane Stephenson is set for 9 a.m. in the 196th District Court.

Stephenson and George Washington Sharper have each been indicted on one count of capital murder. Both have pleaded not guilty.

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

Stephenson, formerly of Greenville and Sharper, formerly of Commerce, remain in custody at the Hunt County Jail.

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 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.

The Hunt County District Attorney’s Office has not yet announced whether it intends to seek the death penalty for the defendants if they are convicted of capital murder.

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