Cherokee County man found guilty of capital murder

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Jacksonville man sentenced to life without parole

RUSK, TX - A Cherokee County jury deliberated for about three hours this evening in the capital murder trial of Jacolbe Kirby. Kirby was found guilty and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Kirby’s trial started Monday, February 14 and was tried in the 369th District Court with the Honorable C. Michael Davis presiding. 

Back in the early morning hours of July 22, 2018, Jacksonville police responded to a report of a shooting where a man was killed inside his home in the 500 block of N. Main Street.

According to officials, Malcolm A. Hunter Jr. was shot multiple times while asleep, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers had learned that three masked men had kicked in the front door of the residence where Hunter was found dead.

Multiple witnesses identified the shooter as Jacolbe Kirby, 27, of Jacksonville. Almost 30 minutes after the call of the shooting, Kirby walked into the lobby of the Jacksonville Police Department to "clear his name”. 

Kirby was arrested for the offense after further information was obtained.

Because the homicide was committed along with the felony of burglary, Kirby had been transported and booked into the Cherokee County Jail on capital  murder charges.

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