Jurors listen

Jurors in the Allen Thomas Sample murder trial listened Wednesday to recordings of calls the defendant made to friends and family following his incarceration in May, 2016.

Jurors in the Allen Thomas Sample murder trial listened Wednesday to recordings of calls the defendant made to friends and family following his incarceration in May, 2016.

Sample repeatedly asks for them to try to raise his bail money and denies he did anything wrong, while at the same time indicating he was unclear as to why he was arrested.

“They ain’t got nothing,” he tells his mother during one call. “They are going to have to let me go.”

Sample, 52, of Campbell has entered a plea of not guilty to one count of murder in the death of Tommey Joe Tubb of Dike.

Tubb 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.

Testimony in the trial is scheduled to resume this morning in the 196th District Court.

During his initial calls, Sample said he couldn’t find out anything as to why he was arrested, as he was in segregation inside the Hunt County Detenton Center, instead with the jail’s general population.

“I’ve been on lockdown 24-7,” Sample said, adding he remembered being arrested in Rockwall.

“Then they put me in the mental ward in Dallas,” he said.

While in custody at the jail following the initial arrest, defense attorney Russell Brooks had filed a motion for a mental examination for Sample, “with respect to the issue of the insanity of the defendant” and Sample had undergone a psychiatric evaluation.

in the July 6, 2016 call to his mother, Sample tells her that he believed the Hunt County grand jury hearing would drop the case for lack of evidence.

“All they’ve got is hearsay,” Sample said.

Sample was indicted by the grand jury later that month on the murder charge.

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