The capital murder trial is set to begin today for Kimberly Cargill, who is accused in the June 2010 killing of Cherry Walker, the mentally challenged babysitter of Cargill’s 4-year-old son.  

Prosecutors, who will argue the case in the 241st District Court, say Cargill set fire to Walker’s body which was later discovered off County Road 2191 in Tyler.

The 45–year-old Whitehouse woman is also charged with injury to a child. Walker, 29,was found dead one day after she received a subpoena to testify in a child custody hearing regarding Cargill’s son.

A court-ordered psychological hearing held last year indicated Cargill has a history of psychological problems.


Arrest Made in Harrison County Murder

HARRISON CO – Sheriff Tom McCool and Criminal District Attorney Coke Solomon announce the arrest of a suspect in the murder of Kenneth Dillard, Jr. whose body was found on December 16, 2011.

The suspect, William Penn Jones, 29, was arrested May 3, 2012 in Montgomery County, Texas. The Sheriff’s Office believes the murder weapon has also been recovered. William Penn Jones is currently in the Montgomery County jail and is expected to be transferred to Harrison County during the week.

Captain Marty Latham with the Harrison County C.I.D. section, District Attorney’s Chief Investigator Kyle Ready, and Texas Ranger Jason Dudley travelled to Montgomery County and made the arrest with the assistance of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. The warrants issued for his arrest from Harrison County were Terroristic Threat and Murder.

Sheriff McCool stresses that this is not the end of this investigation and other previously interviewed persons of interest will be re-interviewed. Names of other people who may be involved in this investigation will not be released until this investigation is complete.