Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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April 7, 2013

Dallas murder suspect appears in court

Three others at scene also arraigned


Senior District Judge C.C. “Kit” Cooke arraigned one man on a murder charge and two others on charges of tampering with a corpse Friday morning in the 249th District Court. A fourth suspect, also charged with tampering with a corpse, was arraigned Thursday.

Cooke handled Friday’s arraignments, sitting in for 249th District Judge Wayne Bridewell.

Cooke arraigned James Anthony Sample, 31, of Dallas on the murder charge in connection with the Dec. 27 shooting death of Brian Poole, 30.

Cleburne police responded to a report of shots fired at 5:15 a.m. that day to a business on the corner of Shaffer and South Main streets where they discovered Poole’s body and pronounced him dead at the scene, the result of gunshot wounds.

Police arrested Sample — who was in the building when they arrived, according to an affidavit — later the same day.

Johnson County District Attorney Dale Hanna said Friday that no trial date has been scheduled for Sample.

On Dec. 27, police also arrested Howard Blain Dudley, 54, of Cleburne on a charge of tampering with evidence, corpse, and Joseph Thomas Alvarez, 29, of San Angelo, and Kimberly Lynn Dudley, 56, of Cleburne on the same charges.

Cooke arraigned Alvarez and Kimberly Dudley on Friday. Howard Dudley was arraigned on Thursday, Hanna said.

Kimberly Dudley was also arraigned on a charge of fraudulent use/possession of identification items.

Hanna said the punishment range of the tampering with a corpse charge, should any of the three be found guilty, ranges from two to 20 years. Hanna said no court dates have been set on the three suspects.

Police found Sample and Howard Dudley in the building on Dec. 27, according to an affidavit. Dudley and two other witnesses police spoke with identified Sample as the shooter, telling police they witnessed Sample use a handgun to shoot Poole in the head. 

The other three allegedly attempted to move or conceal Poole’s body after the shooting. Officials have not said what prompted the shooting.

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