Hunt County – Publicity will be limited in another Hunt County capitol murder case. A gag order has been issued in the case of Jerry Lynn Phelps, charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Charlene Hoover Jones last October.
A judge also Thursday agreed to seal the file until such time as the prosecution in the case has ended.
Jones died after being shot multiple times as she worked at the Jackpot Game Room between Quinlan and West Tawakoni.
Hunt County – Testimony continues today in the murder trial of Brandon Dale Woodruff.
Hunt County Sheriff's Investigator Tommy Grandfield was one of the first on the scene where the bodies of Dennis and Norma Woodruff were found inside their Royse City home in Oct., 2005.
Grandfield testified Thursday, during the first day of testimony, that the Woodruffs were discovered sitting next to one another on a couch in their living, next to a television which was still on. He indicated there was a lot of blood around the bodies.
Commerce – Only a couple days remain to file for local city council or school board elections scheduled for May 9. The deadline to file is Monday at 5 p.m.
For the Commerce School Board, Place 6 and 7 are up for voter approval. The latest report has Randy Starks against Emma Martin for Place 6, which is currently held by Debbie Aikin. Aikin has indicated she will not be seeking another term.
For Place 7, Hector Arce will oppose incumbent Medley Wilson.
Commerce – T.O. no longer with the 'Boys; Mavs beat the Spurs; Rangers win over Royals; Astros tie with Venezuela; A&M-C Women beat ACU 76-74 in LSC Tourney play; Bland beats Avery; Caddo Mills advances after 69-58 win over Godley.
Greenville – Testimony gets underway today in a Hunt County capitol murder case. A six-man, six-woman jury, along with two male alternates was chosen Wednesday in the murder trial of Brandon Dale Woodruff. Woodruff has pleaded not guilty to killing his parents, Dennis and Norma Woodruff inside their home near Royse City in Oct., 2005.
Allegations the Hunt County District Attorney's Office was listening to phone calls Woodruff made from the jail to his defense team resulted in the DA's office removing itself from the case.