Testimony begins

Jurors in the trial of a suspect charged with murder in connection with the homicide of a Hopkins County man near Campbell more than three years ago observed video presented by one of the first law enforcement officers who arrived on the scene.

Jurors in the trial of a suspect charged with murder in connection with the homicide of a Hopkins County man near Campbell more than three years ago observed video presented by one of the first law enforcement officers who arrived on the scene.

Hunt County Sheriff’s Officer Clint Mott said he informed the various medical professionals, volunteer firefighters and civilians to clear the area as soon as he determined Tommey Joe Tubb had been killed.

“He was deceased,” Mott said. “There was no work for them to do. I told everybody it was a crime scene and they had to leave the property.”

Allen Thomas Sample has entered a plea of not guilty to one count of murder in Tubb’s death.

Opening arguments and the start of testimony in the trial began Tuesday morning and are expected to continue today in the 196th District Court.

Sample, 52, of Campbell, was indicted by the Hunt County grand jury in July, 2016.

Tubb, of Dike, 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.

Mott said he remained on the scene for the next few hours, at first with Sheriff Randy Meeks and Officer Kenneth Peters, who eventually left. Texas Ranger Laura Simmons and another sheriff’s officer soon arrived and stayed with Mott until a search warrant was obtained.

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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