Murder trial to begin with potential life sentence on the line

Some three years later, a trial date has been set for a homicide that happened in early December 2018.

Jury selection will begin this afternoon for the first-degree murder trial of Hebert Clark Jr. Clark is accused in the fatal shooting death of Scharonn Laroyce Cole on Dec. 2.

According to previous Enterprise reporting, the shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. in the 400 Block of Procter Street. Officials later found Cole, 41, in the 400 Block of Fort Worth Avenue with multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Port Arthur Police Department. He later died from his injuries.

Clark, who was 31 at the time, was arrested in Dallas in February 2019 before being taken back to Jefferson County. 252nd Criminal District Judge Raquel West said he previously was convicted of manslaughter in 2009 and aggravated assault in 2017.

With those previous convictions, if Clark is found guilty, he faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, West said.

Jury selection is expected to begin at 1 p.m. in the courthouse.

Written by Meagan Ellsworth

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