The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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April 27, 2013

Murder trial of local man to begin Monday

PALESTINE — Jury selection for the murder trial of a Palestine man accused in the death of a 27-year-old Anderson County man is set to begin Monday in the court of 349th State District Judge Pam Foster Fletcher.

The trial of Larry Warren will take place in the district courtroom, located on the second floor of the Anderson County Courthouse.

Warren is currently serving two concurrent 10-year sentences for other charges related to the crime after pleading guilty to the third-degree felony charge of felon in possession of a firearm and “true” to a probation revocation charge in May 2011.

Warren was charged with murder in the August 2010 shooting death of Jacob Kennedy outside a residence in the 100 block of CR 1121, just south of Elkhart.

Authorities have said Warren shot Kennedy in the head with a .22-caliber rifle outside the residence sometime around 1 a.m. on Aug. 28, 2010.

Warren also sustained a grazing gunshot wound below his right ear which investigators believe occurred during a struggle with an unidentified male subject for the rifle he had just used to shoot Kennedy.

The felon in possession of a firearm charge against Warren stemmed from the shooting death of Kennedy, while the murder suspect’s probation revocation was related to a felony DWI offense occurring in Anderson County in January 2006, Anderson County Assistant District Attorney Stan Sokolowski reported in 2011.

An autopsy performed on Kennedy’s body at the Southeast Texas Forensic Science Center in Tyler showed that he was shot in the forehead and calf.

Authorities have said there was evidence of both drug and alcohol use at the scene of the shootings.

Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at mrainwater@palestineherald.com

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