UPDATE: 3rd indicted in Jan. 2010 Lufkin shooting death

Johnx Greer mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Johnx Greer mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - An Angelina County grand jury has indicted a third person in the Jan. 2010 shooting death of a Lufkin man.

Johnx Greer, 20, of Lufkin, is charged with murder.

Kendall Jo Thompson, 20, and Elton Leroyce Gibson Jr., 20, both of Lufkin, were charged in April in connection to the death of Joseph Cooper, 63.

"There's a family out there that lost a loved one and he's no longer able to speak for himself, so it feels good to be able to speak for him and maybe help the family with some closure on their end," said Lufkin Police Department Cpl. Travis Strickland.

Four others were charged with aggravated assault in connections to shooting that same night, on Cottonbelt Street.

According to an arrest affidavit, a witness said Cooper was in the house when he heard gunshots outside. He then went outside and about five to ten minutes later, Cooper was hit by a bullet.

Unlike the Thompson and Gibson arrests, Greer was not charged prior to the arrest. District Attorney Clyde Herrington confirmed Greer's indictment was in connection to Cooper's death, but was not available for comment on Greer's exact involvement with the crime.

As of 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Greer had not been booked into the Angelina County Jail. Likely because he is serving a 35-year prison sentence for trying to rob a Papa John's delivery man at gunpoint.

Johnx Greer was arrested Oct. 2008 after police say he and a second suspect tried to rob the delivery man on the 100 block of Booker Street. That is when the deliverer, who had a concealed gun permit, pulled out his gun and shot Greer.

During the hearing, Greer's mother told District Judge Barry Bryan that Greer had bipolar disorder. Also testifying were a Nacogdoches Police detective and victim of another crime to talk about Greer's past behavior.

Greer was sentenced in Feb. 2010, the month after Cooper's death.

Others indicted Thursday:

* Mario Narcisco Matura Lopez, 36, of Lufkin, for aggravated assault on a peace officer (two counts) and evading arrest: Lopez allegedly engaged in a chase in November with officers with Lufkin Police, DPS and the Angelina County Sheriff's Office. At one point, authorities say Lopez damaged several vehicles and even injured a deputy before they could apprehend him.

* Thomas Paul White, 39, of Mabank, Martha Elvira Zapata, 31, and Shannon Diane Farmer, 37, of Lufkin, all for securing execution of documents by deception: All three were arrested in October and November after an investigation into food stamp fraud. They were accused of falsifying information in order to gain benefits.

* Joseph Cobb, 41, of Lufkin, and Sharon Burch, 34, of San Augustine, for endangering a child: These parents were charged in October 2009 of exposing two children to methamphetamines. They had previously been arrested after deputies say they found components of a meth lab in their home. The children later tested positive for the drug.

* Geraldo Limon, 36, of Lufkin, for endangering a child and deadly conduct: According to an arrest affidavit, three children, aged 13, 15 and 16, met with a deputy on Aug. 29, 2010, and said  Limon discharged a rifle twice "in close proximity" to them at their Angelina County home. The children said he pointed a loaded 22-caliber rifle at his own head and pulled the trigger. The children said they wrestled the rifle away from him and during that exchange, Limon fired it twice. The children gave accounts of previous altercations with Limon on the same day. They said Limon threatened to shoot them if they did not get in the vehicle with him at Fairview Grocery on Airport Road. This came after he told them to park his truck and walk home, they said. They said Limon was intoxicated and they were afraid to ride with him. They also said Limon swerved his truck at them, causing them to jump in the ditch to avoid being hit.

* James Roy Pat Watson, 79, for indecency with a child (three counts): According to an arrest warrant affidavit, an eight-year-old girl told her mother on the night of Oct. 29, 2009, that Watson had touched her inappropriately. Her mother asked if it had happened before and the girl said it had happened on numerous occasions.

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