Judge issues no bond in Christmas murder

Published 8:01pm Friday, December 28, 2012

The suspect in the Christmas Day murder in Orville, Andrae Stallworth, is being held in jail without bond after a hearing this week.

District Attorney Michael Jackson said District Court Judge Armstrong left the bond at no bond earlier this week and a preliminary hearing for Stallworth, charged with capital murder, will be on Jan. 15.

“We are glad the judge left the bond at no bond,” Jackson said. “We will proceed forward with the case and this is a very serious charge. “

Stallworth, 29, was charged with capital murder on Dec. 26 when he turned himself in to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department following a shooting in Orrville on Christmas Day in the parking lot of a club.

According to Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman, 33-year-old Maurice Rayford of Orrville was shot and killed in the parking lot of Eddie’s Bar and Grill on Dallas County Road 115.

Huffman said when deputies responded at around 2:30 a.m., they found Rayford’s body on the ground, already covered with a sheet. An ambulance was dispatched, as well as the coroner. Rayford was declared dead at the scene and transported to Miller Funeral Home.

Rayford and shooting suspect Stallworth of Orrville, reportedly got into an altercation in the parking lot before Stallworth retreated to his vehicle to retrieve an automatic handgun. He then came back and shot Rayford multiple times.

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