Man charged in deCordova murder

January 15, 2014

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Many questions have gone unanswered so far surrounding a murder in deCordova that authorities said occurred just before 1 a.m. Sunday.

As of press time, the only information released was that deCordova resident Thomas Lynn Scrimshire, 56, had been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Michael Brian Hampton of Crowley.

Deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting in the 4100 block of Cimmaron Trail in deCordova.

“Deputies discovered (a) 39-year-old male (Hampton) with a gunshot wound, who died at the scene,” said a news release provided by Lieutenant Johnny Rose.”

As of press time, Scrimshire was still in the Hood County Jail under a $1 million bond.

The name of the victim was not released to the Hood County News until about 36 hours after the call about the shooting was received by Hood County emergency dispatch. Authorities had said that the victim’s name was being withheld “pending notification of family.”

A family friend of Hampton told the HCN that he and his wife Nicole had a daughter, Kaylie, and that he was a 1993 graduate of Crowley High School.

The 911 call records for Jan. 11 show an entry for a disturbance complaint from Scrimshire’s address on Cimmaron Trail at 11:20 p.m. – one hour and 40 minutes before the shooting was reported.

Approximately 2-1/2 hours after the shooting call was received, there was a 911 entry received concerning a “criminal mischief” complaint from an address that is apparently next door to Scrimshire’s residence.

“We are not releasing any information or details on the case at this time,” Rose said Monday afternoon in response to questions about the circumstances of the shooting.

The probable cause affidavit obtained Tuesday morning contained little information that wasn’t already available. An investigator wrote that “Deputies discovered the defendant Scrimshire intentionally used a deadly weapon/firearm and fired at a 39 year old male, striking him. The injury led to the victim dying at the scene. Scrimshire was arrested at the scene by Deputies and transported to the (Hood County Sheriff’s Office) jail for booking.”

Christian said Monday afternoon that the Texas Rangers are involved in the investigation with the Sheriff’s Office. However, the DA said no other information can be released at this time because the investigation is ongoing.

The last murder case investigated by the Sheriff’s Office was in September, when 41-year-old Donald McIntare was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds at his residence in southern Hood County. His wife, Savanna McIntare, was arrested on a murder charge four days later.

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