Pleads guilty

A local man has pleaded guilty to one count of murder in connection with a shooting death one year ago, involving the death of his son, Demontre Diquincy “Red” Washington during a Monday hearing in the 196th District Court.

A local man has pleaded guilty to one count of murder in connection with a shooting death one year ago, involving the death of his son, Demontre Diquincy “Red” Washington during a Monday hearing in the 196th District Court.

Charges of witness tampering filed against Stephens’ wife were dismissed.

Joseph Stephens entered the plea during a hearing Monday in the 196th District Court. Under a plea bargain arrangement, Stephens was sentenced to 30 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division.

Cynthia Ann Stephens pleaded not guilty pleas to two counts of tampering with a witness for allegedly coercing two unnamed victims, each of whom “was then and there a witness or a prospective witness in an official proceeding,” and instructed the witness not to disclose what they knew about Washington’s death.

Both of the indictments were dismissed Monday, after Joseph Stephens’ plea.

Joseph Stephens was taken into custody by the Greenville Police Department after a series of events in the 2900 block of Washington Street.

The department received a report of shots fired at the location at 2:25 a.m. Feb. 18, 2019. Upon arrival officers located Washington lying in the roadway with an apparent gunshot wound.

Washington was transported to the Hunt Regional Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries.

While investigating the crime scene, officers were provided information Joseph Stephens had gone into a residence at 2928 Walnut St. Officers attempted to make contact with Stephens, who refused to exit the house. The Greenville Police Department Tactical Team and negotiators responded to the scene.

Stephens exited the house about six hours later and was taken into custody.

Murder is a first-degree felony, punishable upon execution by a maximum sentence of five to 99 years to life in prison.

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