Two teens charged with murder in weekend shootingPublished 5:56pm Monday, December 23, 2013
Two Selma teens were in court Monday after being charged with capital murder in the Saturday slaying of an 18-year-old Selma High School junior.
John Jones, 16, 1217 Fifth Ave. and Larry Hunter, 18, 1905 Marie Foster St. appeared in court in a bond hearing for their role in the murder of Alexis Hunter. Jones and Larry Hunter were arrested Sunday in connection with the killing and remain in the Dallas County Jail without bond after a decision by District Judge Bob Armstrong.
The nature of the case led assistant district attorney Lloria James to pursue a death penalty, she said.
“What happened was completely, totally outrageous; to get shot and killed like a dog in the street,” James said. “At this point, we absolutely are seeking the death penalty.”
Jones cannot receive the death penalty as a minor because of a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that classified it as cruel and unusual punishment. Larry Hunter can receive the death penalty.
During the hearing, Selma Police Department Sgt. Kendall Thomas described the scene as he arrived at the corner of Franklin Street and Memorial Avenue Saturday night around 10 p.m. Thomas said Alexis Hunter was lying on the curb, with her legs on Franklin Avenue and her torso on the grass.
“When I arrived, she was bleeding profusely from the head and was unconscious and unresponsive,” he said.
Alexis Hunter was pronounced dead at the scene after being shot in the head at close range by Jones, Thomas testified. Thomas testified in Monday’s hearing that he connected Jones as the shooter through multiple interviews with witnesses.
The incident began when a group of young men, including Larry Hunter and Jones, were talking near the intersection of Franklin Street and Memorial Avenue.
Larry Hunter told police Jones said, “I got to get this money. I’m broke. I need some money. The next person that comes through I got to get it,” according to Thomas.
A group of three teenage girls, including Alexis Hunter, walked past Selma High School on Franklin and were confronted by Jones, Thomas said.
Witness accounts vary on the exact details of the conversation between Jones and the girls, but all accounts confirm Jones reportedly pulled a gun from his waistband and fired one shot, striking Alexis Hunter in the head after asking for her phone.
The two remaining girls scattered after the gunshot, but were chased by the suspects and asked to hand over their phones. Both girls returned home.
James said the murder charges are the latest of several run-ins with the law for the suspects.
During the hearing James said the suspects have multiple criminal charges on their juvenile record.
The preliminary hearing date is set for Jan. 30.