The Commerce Journal

November 28, 2012

UPDATE: CPD and Rangers make arrest in Stanton murder

Greenville native murdered in Commerce early Wednesday morning

By Caleb Slinkard
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — UPDATE: This evening, CPD released the following statement. "Earlier this afternoon, Commerce Police Department and Texas Rangers made an arrest in the homicide of Jamal Stanton, B/M, 20 years old of Greenville, Texas. The suspect is currently being held at Commerce PD pending transport to Hunt County Law Enforcement Center. The suspects name is being withheld until arraignment. More information will be available after arraignment."

The arrest is in connection with the murder of 20-year-old Jamal Stanton, a native of Greenville. Stanton died of a single stab wound early Wednesday morning after being involved in an altercation at the Tarter Apartment complex, located at the end of Wheeler Driver. An autopsy has been ordered, but preliminary results have not been released yet.

At 12:32 a.m., CPD responded to a call from Hunt Regional Community Hospital advising of a stabbing victim that had been brought into the emergency room. According to a CPD release, officers arrived and found a 20-year-old African American male that had a single stab wound in his upper chest. Hospital personnel performed life saving measures, but were unable to revive Stanton.

Justice of the Peace Jennifer Reeves pronounced the victim dead a short time later. Investigators with CPD and the Texas Rangers have been called in to investigate this death. A person of interest in the case has been detained.

CPD received an anonymous call shortly before the call from Hunt Regional that a fight had taken place in the Cul-de-sac at the Tarter Apartments and that a person was being taken to the ER. According to the release, investigators have determined that the two calls were related.

According to Crews, investigators do not believe the murder is drug or gang related.