Police and Courts
8:21 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Punishment Phase Begins in 2011 Murder Trial

A Greenville man is facing sentencing in connection with a 2011 murder.  The punishment phase begins today in the trial of Tyrone Leorone McCurdy after he was found guilty of one count of  murder in connection with the death of Treybbian Leekey Nelson.

The jury in the 196th district court deliberated for almost 5 hours before returning with the guilty verdict.

McCurdy is facing a maximum sentence of between 5 and 99 years to life in prison and an option fine of 10,000 dollars.

McCurdy had pleaded not guilty.Bernard Dale Kelley Jr. also of Greenville, currently has trial scheduled for December, and has also pleaded not guilty.

Officers from the Greenville Police Department responded to a call of shots fired in 1000 block of Edgar Street on the afternoon of February 8th, 2011 where they found Nelson had been shot.

McCurdy’s attorney had argued McCurdy had acted in self-defense, claiming Nelson had a weapon that was removed from the crime scene shortly before responders arrived.