Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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January 2, 2013

Police continue to investigate Thursday murder


CPD’s investigation into Thursday morning’s shooting death of a Mesquite man continues with no additional arrests having occurred during the weekend. Police arrested four in connection with the incident.

Police responded to a report of shots fired at 5:15 a.m. to a business on the corner of Shaffer and South Main streets where they discovered the body of Brian Poole, 30. Rescue workers pronounced Poole dead at the scene, the result of gunshot wounds to the head.

Police later that day arrested James Anthony Sample, 31, of Dallas on charges of murder, tampering with evidence — human corpse and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. 

Later that day, police arrested Howard Blain Dudley, 54, of Cleburne on a charge of tampering with evidence — human corpse; Joseph Thomas Alvarez, 29, of San Angelo on the same charge; and Kimberly Lynn Dudley, 56, of Cleburne on charges of tampering with evidence and possession of dangerous drugs.

Police found Sample and Howard Dudley in the building upon arrival, according to an affidavit. Dudley and two other witnesses — who have not been arrested, but told police they were in the building when the shooting occurred — identified Sample as the shooter of Poole, according to the affidavit. All claimed to have witnessed Sample use a handgun to shoot Poole in the head. 

Court records show that a Dallas County court convicted Sample on a felony offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2011, which explains why police also charged him with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Sample and Howard Dudley attempted to clean Poole’s body after the shooting, disrobed him and tried to hide him in a sleeping bag, according to reports.

Police on Monday said it remains unclear what prompted the shooting.


Nowhere to run

Cleburne police located and arrested two burglary suspects about 10:50 a.m. Monday. Police have yet to release the suspects’ names.

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