Bowie Cold Case Gets Apparent Break

Almost two decades after a Bowie man and his wife were shot in their home, in what appeared to be a professional hit, there's a major development in the case.

One of two men charged with murder has pleaded guilty and he's agreed to testify against the other.

It was Sunday, September 4th, 1994 that 52-year-old Jimmie Thompson was shot in the chest and killed after his wife, Margie answered their front door.

She was shot in the leg and ankle. Almost eleven years would pass before a break would come in the case.

In 2005, prosecutors said Robert Hunt confessed to a Tarrant County shooting in the 1970s and also talked to authorities about the Bowie shootings.  

Hunt has now pleaded guilty to the murder charge. Montague County District Attorney, Paige Williams says as part of the plea agreement, Hunt received ten years in prison, and will get credit for serving nearly eight years served while awaiting trial.

He also agreed to testify against Hernan Pelayo. On several occasions, Pelayo's mental competency has been called into question, and that's delayed his trial.

But, for the most part, besides a few stays in the Vernon State Hospital, Pelayo's been in the Montague County Jail awaiting trial for more than seven years.

Margie Thompson passed away about ten years ago. But prosecutors have her account and other evidence they believe will help get convictions.

So far, prosecutors have declined to comment on a possible third person behind the murder, or a motive.

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