A plea agreement was reached Monday with a seventy year old man accused of murdering his wife. Vertice Oliphant of Hemphill pleaded 'no contest' for the August 10, 2005 murder of his 65 year old wife Ella Oliphant. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Mrs Oliphant's body was found in some brush on Highway 21, east of Chireno. Oliphant is believed to have stabbed his wife 17 times, dumped her body and fled. Evidence included his bloody clothes and car. Also DNA on a knife matched that of Mrs Oliphant's. The couple was driving from Hemphill to nacogdoches when an argument occurred. It's uncertain over exactly what.