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January 28, 2013

Appeal hearing today in local murder case

GREENVILLE — A state appeals court is scheduled today to consider the case of a Greenville man sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of the murder of another local resident.

A jury in the 196th District Court found Devin Eugene Royal guilty of the shooting death of Javon Newman.

The jury also voted against a finding that the murder was the product of the immediate influence of sudden passion resulting from an adequate cause.

The Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana intends to receive briefs today in Royal’s appeal.

Royal will have to spend at least 30 years in prison before he can be considered eligible for parole.

Officers responded to a call of shots being fired at a local apartment complex early on the morning of July 2, 2011 and found that Newman had been shot multiple times.

Individuals who witnessed the shooting identified Royal and Antonio Derrance Fletcher of Greenville as suspects in the offense.

Fletcher was also found guilty of Newman’s murder and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

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