KETR Local
6:41 am
Wed February 18, 2009

Death penalty sought in murder case

Hunt County – A death penalty is being sought in a Hunt County capitol murder case. During a hearing Tuesday, Hunt County District Attorney Noble D. Walker Jr. informed the court his office was seeking the death penalty against Jerry Lynn Phelps, should he be convicted of capital murder.

Phelps, of Wills Point, was recently indicted for the death last October of Charlene Hoover Jones, the owner of the Jackpot Game Room between Quinlan and West Tawakoni. Phelps has pleaded not guilty. An interim hearing date has now been set for April 14.

The Hunt County District Attorney's office is now seeking the death penalty in two capital murder cases. They are also seeking death by lethal injection for John William Trotman III of Mesquite, should he be convicted of capital murder in connection with the November, 2007 stabbing death of Ryon Rhoden of Greenville. Trotman has pleaded not guilty.

Click the MP3 icon to listen as KETR's Greenville Correspondent Brad Kellar reports.