8-13-04 Andre Thomas, the Sherman man accused in the stabbing deaths of his estranged wife and her two children, plead not guilty by reason of insanity in a Sherman courtroom Friday. Thomas appeared in judge James Fry's courtroom wearing the eye patch he has worn since gouging his own eye out, an orange jump suit, and handcuffs. He's been heavily medicated since he was sent to Vernon State Mental Hospital seven weeks ago after being found incompetent to stand trial. Now, attorneys will have a few months to prepare their arguments. The defense will claim that Thomas was psychotic at the time he murdered 20 year old, Laura Thomas, 4 year old Andre Boren, and 13 month old, Leyha Hughes. The prosecution says that their evidence will show other wise. Jury selection will begin as early as October 18th, and could take over a month to complete. Lawyers will probe jurors for any emotional biases they have toward the case, and hope to have the jury selected by thanksgiving. If all goes as planned, the earliest the trial will begin is December.
Posted: 05/08/13 -
The Sherman Public Library is very excited about our upcoming Summer Reading Club for children and teens. Children ages birth-11 can Dig into Reading and join the Youth Summer Reading Club. The theme for the Teen Summer Reading Club this year is Beneath the Surface and it is open to teens ages 12-18.
Posted: 05/07/13 -
DURANT, Okla. – Regent Terry Matlock will deliver remarks at Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Spring Commencement, scheduled for Saturday, May 11, at Paul Laird Field. The ceremony (for all schools) will begin at 10 a.m. A reception will follow at 11:30 a.m. in the Visual & Performing Arts Center.
Posted: 05/06/13 -
SHERMAN, TEXAS—Members of the Austin College Class of 2013 are counting down the days until graduation—with both excitement and trepidation. Austin College President Marjorie Hass will present diplomas to more than 340 bachelor’s degree candidates and 18 Master of Arts in Teaching degree candidates who will take part in graduation events May 18 and 19 on campus.