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Murder suspect guilty

The 20-year-old was responding to charges in seven different cases, when he suddenly needed to sit down.

“He was just getting a little woozy from standing up for too long,” his attorney, William Fails said.

Arthur Rivers was quiet throughout his trial, answering only “yes sir” and “no sir” when asked questions about his involvement in each of the cases, including the murder of area resident Bruce Gray in October 2003.

Ultimately, through a plea agreement with the Dallas County’s District Attorney’s office, he was sentenced to 31 years in prison.

“You understand that if you tell me you’re guilty and I accept that plea, you’re giving up those rights?” Judge Thomas Jones asked, going through the routine of informing Rivers of his rights, as he pleaded guilty.

Rivers said “yes” each time, shifting the chain tethering his legs and wrists together back and forth. April England Allbright was assigned to several of the cases by the state. Fails was retained by Rivers.

On occasion, she patted his back to prompt his answers during the hearing.

Rivers pleaded guilty to murder, receiving stolen property in the second degree, theft of property in the first degree, harassment, attempted breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, attempted burglary, and another count of attempted breaking and entering of a motor vehicle.

“He admitted to shooting Bruce Gray,” prosecutor Jimmy Thomas said.

Gray was killed near his on at Capps Trailer Park in October 2003 with a .38 revolver.

On July 30, 2004, Selma Police Investigators named Rivers as a suspect and during questioning Rivers confessed to the crime.

Rivers was also indicted and convicted of stealing $43,000 from a Japanese film crew last year.

While Rivers was sentenced in the seven other cases against him, he’ll be serving each sentence concurrently with the 31 year sentence for murder.

“We will continue to ship murderers off to prison for a long time,” district attorney Michael Jackson said. The 20-year-old was responding to charges in seven different cases, when he suddenly needed to sit down.

“He was just getting a little woozy from standing up for too long,” his attorney, William Fails said.

Arthur Rivers was quiet throughout his trial, answering only “yes sir” and “no sir” when asked questions about his involvement in each of the cases, including the murder of area resident Bruce Gray in October 2003.

Ultimately, through a plea agreement with the Dallas County’s District Attorney’s office, he was sentenced to 31 years in prison.

“You understand that if you tell me you’re guilty and I accept that plea, you’re giving up those rights?” Judge Thomas Jones asked, going through the routine of informing Rivers of his rights, as he pleaded guilty.

Rivers said “yes” each time, shifting the chain tethering his legs and wrists together back and forth. April England Allbright was assigned to several of the cases by the state. Fails was retained by Rivers.

On occasion, she patted his back to prompt his answers during the hearing.

Rivers pleaded guilty to murder, receiving stolen property in the second degree, theft of property in the first degree, harassment, attempted breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, attempted burglary, and another count of attempted breaking and entering of a motor vehicle.

“He admitted to shooting Bruce Gray,” prosecutor Jimmy Thomas said.

Gray was killed near his on at Capps Trailer Park in October 2003 with a .38 revolver.

On July 30, 2004, Selma Police Investigators named Rivers as a suspect and during questioning Rivers confessed to the crime.

Rivers was also indicted and convicted of stealing $43,000 from a Japanese film crew last year.

While Rivers was sentenced in the seven other cases against him, he’ll be serving each sentence concurrently with the 31 year sentence for murder.

“We will continue to ship murderers off to prison for a long time,” district attorney Michael Jackson said.