Dallas County Jury convicts Selma resident

Published 8:52 am Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Dallas County Jury convicted a Selma resident for two counts of murder on Monday night at the Dallas County Courthouse.

According to Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson, the Dallas County Jury convicted Justin Simpson of capital murder and felony murder after an eight-day trial.

Simpson and another co-defendant, Lester Jones Jr., are responsible for the death of 77-year-old Willie “Dusty” Berry on Dec. 10, 2013. Simpson and Jones allegedly robbed Berry as he returned to his home at an apartment complex off North Broad Street.

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In the robbery, Berry was shot first, but he fired back and shot Jones in the head, killing him. As Berry tried to seek help from a neighbor, Simpson shot him twice and fled the scene. Simpson shot and killed Berry during the robbery.

Later that night, Simpson went to a friend’s house and asked for .38 caliber bullets, stating he shot someone. The next day, he asked the same friend for a ride to the bypass and Simpson threw the gun off the bypass bridge. Berry was killed with a .38 revolver.

Simpson has committed additional crimes in the Queen city. He allegedly robbed a Subway restaurant on U.S. Highway 80 in Selma in Dec. 2014.He was charged with attempted murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle from a March 29, 2013 shooting on the 600 block of Broad Street.

Jackson said Berry will be sentenced to life without parole at a later date.

“This was another of Selma’s biggest gunslingers taken off the streets,” Jackson said. “To rob and kill a 77-year-old is cold blooded.”