The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

July 3, 2013

Frankston man gets life for Coffee City murder

Staff Reports
Athens Daily Review

ATHENS — Jackie Martez Guthrie, 23, of Frankston was sentenced to life in prison last month after pleading guilty to the July 2012 shooting death of Chantel Barrett.

Barrett was found dead outside a Coffee City residence by police on July 19, 2012 while responding to a call about gunshots.

Guthrie was quickly identified as a suspect and a manhunt was initiated.

Guthrie also was believed to have kidnapped 19-year-old Tiffany Hurd, who was 8-months pregnant with Guthrie’s child at the time.

About 24 hours later, the suspect was spotted by former classmates vacationing in Galveston and taken into custody without incident.

Guthrie had in his possession what prosecutors believed was the weapon used to shoot Barrett.

Henderson County District Attorney’s investigators, along with an investigator from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, traveled to Galveston to interview and transport Hurd back to Henderson County.  

Guthrie entered his plea on the morning of June 17 in the court of 173rd District Judge Dan Moore. Family members from both sides were in the courtroom during the proceedings.

Prosecutors and investigators believe Barrett was shot while trying to keep Guthrie from nabbing Hurd during a scuffle between the couple.

District Attorney Scott McKee and Assistant District Attorney Justin Weiner prosecuted the case. Investigator John Long led the investigation for Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt’s office.

“Chantel was a beautiful young woman who had her life senselessly taken while trying to save her friend,” McKee said. “She is a true hero who gave the ultimate sacrifice for someone she cared for.”