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Dallas County Jury convicts Selma man for murder

A Selma man was convicted of capital murder by a Dallas County Grand Jury on Thursday in a six-year-old case.

According to Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson, John Jones was convicted of capital murder for his involvement in the death of Alexis Hunter on Dec. 21, 2013. The grand jury deliberated 45 minutes before they reached a verdict.

Dallas County Circuit Court Judge Don McMillian ordered a pre-sentence investigation and report on Jones. McMillian also set Jones’ hearing for Jan. 28, 2020 at 9 a.m. in the Dallas County Courthouse. Jones, 22, is currently in the Dallas County Jail awaiting sentencing.

Jackson said Jones, who was 16 at the time, was the shooter in the murder. Jones and his co-defendant, Larry Hunter, robbed Alexis Hunter and her friend of their cellphones. Alexis Hunter was shot in the head. The murder happened near the tennis courts of Selma High School.

Larry Hunter was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Sept. 17, 2018 for his role in the murder. Larry Hunter was 18 at the time and was charged with felony murder.

“A gunslinger has snuffed a ‘A’ student’s life out over a cellphone,” Jackson said. “This young lady’s death was a big blow to our community. He is facing a sentence of either life or life without parole. We will ask for the maximum sentence.”

Jackson credited Assistant District Attorneys, Jimmy Thomas, Brian Jones and Shemika Dudley for their hard work on the case.

“They did an excellent job prosecuting the case,” Jackson said.