Autopsy results presented

Results of the autopsy of Tommey Joe Tubb were presented Thursday, on the third day of the trial of Allen Thomas Sample.

Results of the autopsy of Tommey Joe Tubb were presented Thursday, on the third day of the trial of Allen Thomas Sample.

Sample, 52, of Campbell has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder in connection with Tubb’s 2016 death.

A jury was chosen in the 196th District Court Monday and testimony in the case began Tuesday. The trial is scheduled to continue in the court today.

The jury heard from a representative with the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office, who assisted in Tubb’s autopsy on May 21, 2016. Along with presenting photos from the examination and from the crime scene, testimony revealed that Tubb was shot once in the left side of his head with a .22 caliber firearm, likely from a distance of at least three feet away.

The body was wrapped in two shower curtains and a comforter and there were also multiple bruises to the left side of Tubb’s face.

Upon cross examination defense attorney Russell Brooks questioned whether the heat generated by it being May in Texas, and with the victim being wrapped so fully, could have affected the composition.

Tubb, of Dike, an unincorporated area of Hopkins County, was found deceased behind a residence  in the 5400 block of Interstate 30 East near Campbell at around 9 p.m. May 20, 2016 after Tubb’s roommate reportedly contacted the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office. Tubb had been shot in the head.

Sample was arrested in Rockwall six days later on the murder charge, which carries a maximum punishment upon conviction of from five to 99 years to life in prison.

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