Former murder suspect arrested for manslaughter in same case

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CLAY COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — A woman who had a murder charge in Clay County dismissed in 2018 now faces new charges in that shooting death.

Trinity Noland, 36, was booked into jail in Henrietta Wednesday morning. She posted her $25,000 bond shortly after being booked.

Two separate sealed indictments charge her with both manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for the 2016 shooting death in Henrietta of Shaun Edward Simpson, of Lawton.

The manslaughter charge alleges Noland recklessly caused Simpson’s death, while the other indictment alleges she caused the death by criminal negligence.

The murder charge against Noland was dismissed due to lack of evidence two years after she was arrested.

Clay County officials said Simpson was found lying on his back in a living room with a large pool of blood around his head and body.

Deputies said Noland told them Simpson arrived at the home with a woman and started assaulting her. She said she got her gun out of a safe while the assault continued into the kitchen.

During an altercation with Simpson and another man at the home, Noland said she fired one shot at Simpson.

She later claimed self-defense—something the district attorney and Clay County investigators have said was not supported by the evidence at the scene.

After the murder case was dropped, District Attorney Casey Polhemus released a statement, that the dismissal did not mean the case was closed and authorities would continue working to see justice done.

Though she was never tried for that charge, Noland was convicted and sentenced to seven years for aggravated robbery in March 2019.

A co-defendant in those armed robberies of businesses in Wichita Falls is serving two 25-year prison sentences.

Polhemus gave a statement about the murder case dismissal:

97th District Attorney Casey Polhemus and Clay County Sheriff Kenny Lemons report that the murder charge pending against Defendant Trinity Noland was dismissed Monday, July 16, 2018 due to insufficient evidence. The case stems from a shooting that resulted in a fatality in Henrietta on September 24, 2016. Noland was arrested on the night of the shooting after telling officers she was the shooter, although she claimed she had done so in self-defense. The case was initially investigated by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. As the investigation continued, the District Attorney and Clay County investigators discovered that despite Noland’s statement, the evidence did not support her account of what had occurred on the night of the shooting. “I believe the exculpatory evidence in this case requires a dismissal. It is simply the right thing to do. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office did a great job putting the case together, but sometimes thorough investigations lead to unexpected results. We believe the evidence points in a different direction,” Polhemus said. According to Polhemus, the case remains under investigation by both the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office: “The dismissal against Noland is not the end. The Sheriff and I will continue to work together to ensure that justice is done in this case.”

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