Upshur County murder suspect pleads guilty during jury selection
Jan. 8, 2018 at 1:45 p.m.
Updated Jan. 8, 2018 at 4:34 p.m.
A murder defendant in Gilmer pleaded guilty Monday and took a 40-year sentence during jury selection for his trial, Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd reported.
Decorian Quantez Robbins, 19, of Lone Star, is one of four people indicted in the March 2017 shooting death of Kendrick LeMichael Jackson, 29. Jackson was a resident of the LaFayette Community in extreme northern Upshur County.
He was fatally shot in his home after Robbins and three others plotted to rob and kill the aspiring musician and lifelong LaFayette resident, Byrd said.
Another of the four, Xavier Keishawn Mumphrey, pleaded guilty in December. Byrd said Mumphrey was the actual trigger man for the fatal shooting and will be sentenced in the coming weeks.
The other two, Devontay Hunter of Lone Star and Alize Sharda McFall of Kilgore, both 20, await trial dates.
Byrd said the four had gone to Jackson’s home saying they wanted to buy marijuana but had sinister motives from the start. He also said the four retreated after the crime to Lone Star where they divvied up the marijuana.
"The four of them had a plan and a target to go see Kendrick Jackson this particular day," Byrd said last week. "And the intent was to rob him, and in that process, we believe they intended on killing him all along."
On Monday, the prosecutor revealed a little more of Robbins' role in the crime, for which he was convicted under the Texas Law of Parties that holds all who plotted or aided responsible for a crime.
“Decorian, outside, pointed a gun at a witness who fled out the back,” Byrd said. “The only reason we believe he did not shoot her was that that witness had raised him for about five years.”
Visiting Judge Becky Simpson presided over Robbins' plea, sitting in for 115th District Judge Lauren Parish. Byrd said Simpson admonished Robbins about the Law of Parties, “and he understood that.”
“He has to do at least half his sentence, because this was an aggravated crime,” Byrd said. “This was a senseless loss of life. We continue to see a growing trend demonstrating a lack of consciousness and respect for life. Young people need to receive the message that if you participate, plan, encourage or assist in a crime you will be charged and prosecuted for the crime actually committed.
Byrd was assisted by Sarah Lyn Cooper, and Gilmer attorney Matthew Patton represented Robbins.