Gregg County murder suspect appears in court

Published on Friday, 25 April 2014 14:53 - Written by

(MCT) -- Samantha Gonzales Lara, who is charged with murder in the shooting death of a woman, has waived her right to a jury trial in a Gregg County court.

Lara is accused of killing Renee Garrett, 25, who was shot to death shortly after midnight Jan. 10, 2011 while on shift at the Adult Video and DVD store on Industrial Avenue in Kilgore.

Lara, who was 21 at the time of the shooting, is being held in Gregg County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Lara is the only person who has been charged in the case.

Gregg County Assistant District Attorney Stacey Brownlee said she anticipates a resolution in Lara's case before it goes to trial.