Testimony begins today in Greenville murder trial; Woman arrested on more than a dozen felony counts of identity theft; Collin County man arrested in last week's Greenville bank robbery; Paris man sentenced in intoxication manslaughter case; Re-trial in Hopkins County murder case begins today.
Greenville – Testimony begins today for a Mesquite man, charged in the stabbing death of a Greenville man almost two years ago. Prosecutors are no longer seeking the death penalty for John William Trotman III.
Instead, should he be convicted of capital murder, he would face an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole. Trotman is alleged to have killed Ryon Rhoden in November, 2007.
Greenville – A Greenville woman has been charged with more than a dozen felonies for allegedly stealing identities.
32-year-old Sharon K. Johnson was arrested September 25, and remained in custody as of Saturday. Police were still in the process of compiling charges which, at last report, included at least 20 felony counts.
Johnson would allegedly knock on victim's doors, ask to use the phone, then proceed to steal the victim's credit cards and ID's.
Paris – 21-year-old Justin Tatum, of Paris, has been ordered to 10 years probation on charges of intoxication manslaughter.
Tatum was under the influence while driving a vehicle last March when it wrecked, killing the passenger, Amanda Matthews. According to state troopers, the accident report came in about 30 minutes after it occurred.
Tatum had previously denied driving the car that night but pled guilty in September.
Campbell – The body of a woman found dead last week near Campbell has been identified as a Paris resident.
The Hunt County Sheriff's office said Thursday they were able to notify the family of 37-year-old Tammy Ann Morgan, of her death. Morgan was pronounced dead upon emergency arrival Saturday in the middle of Highway 50.
A white male reportedly approached deputies after their arrival and informed them the woman was his girlfriend and that the death was a suicide, as she had reportedly jumped from his vehicle.