Man on trial for murder in 2013

Published 9:03 pm Monday, May 14, 2018

Five years after 18-year-old Alexis Hunter was shot to death a few days before Christmas, one of the accused killers is on trial.

According to Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson, Larry Hunter’s capital murder trial started Monday. Jackson said a jury was struck, and the court will hear testimony from witnesses Tuesday morning in Circuit Judge Don McMillian’s courtroom.

“We’re glad that the trial has finally commenced after all of these years,” Jackson said. “We expect it to go all week.”

Alexis Hunter, who was a senior at Selma High School, was shot to death on Dec. 21, 2013, on the 1800 block of Franklin Street. Larry Hunter, who was 18 years old at the time, and John Jones, who was 16 years old at the time, were arrested and charged with capital murder.

The two men allegedly shot and killed Alexis while robbing her and two other teenage girls of their cell phones.

Sgt. Kendall Thomas with the Selma Police Department testified in a bond in 2013 that Alexis was shot in the head at close range.

Jones was arrested on Dec. 22 the day after the murder, and Larry Hunter was arrested the next day.
Larry Hunter and Jones allegedly had a conversation moments before Alexis Hunter’s death.

Thomas testified during a bond hearing in 2013 that Jones reportedly told Larry Hunter, “I got to get this money. I’m broke. I need some money. The next person that comes through I got to get it.”

Thomas also testified that Jones shot Alexis in the head after asking for her cell phone.

They two young men were indicted by a Dallas County Grand Jury on July 2, 2014.

According to Jackson, Jones’ case is still pending.

The trial is scheduled to continue Tuesday at 9 a.m.