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Not Guilty Plea in Capital Murder Case


A former Commerce resident has pleaded not guilty to an indictment of capital murder.

George Washington Sharper and Markus Ledane Stephenson are alleged to have shot and killed David Olivares at a residence on Henderson Street in Greenville 5 years ago.  Sharper was arraigned and entered the not guilty plea during a Wednesday hearing in the 196 District Court. An interim hearing was set for January 23.

Stephenson previously pleaded not guilty to the charge and has an interim hearing set for December 10. Neither defendant has a trial date set in the case. Stephenson, formerly of Greenville and Sharper, formerly of Commerce, were in custody at the Hunt County Jail Wednesday. The indictments allege the pair murdered Olivares on or about June 29, 2007 while in the course of committing a burglary of a habitation or robbery.

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