Jared Tyrell Stinecipher, 26, pleaded guilty on Oct. 29 to charges of criminally negligent homicide and causing an accident involving serious bodily injury or death.
He made the plea to the judge for colliding with Arthur Dewayne Murphy, 50, who died of his injuries. Russell also made an affirmative finding of a deadly weapon, which was the motor vehicle Stinecipher was driving at the time of the collision, according to information received from Russell’s office on Tuesday.
The accident happened in December 2011. Stinecipher was driving a 2000 Dodge Ram, and Murphy was driving eastbound in a 1992 Honda Accord when Stinecipher’s vehicle hit Murphy at the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 2767, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety report.
The defendant was arrested multiple times in 2011 on drug and other charges, according to the Smith County judicial website. Russell said in court that the plea Stinecipher entered was an open plea and there had been no agreement with prosecutors in advance.
Smith County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bobby Garmon said in December 2011 that Lt. Mark Stinecipher called him and said Jared Stinecipher showed up at his house and was injured.
“We also received information that his son might have been the one driving the vehicle in the crash,” Garmon said.
The elder Stinecipher took his son to the hospital, and Jared Stinecipher was taken to the Henderson County Jail afterward. The younger Stinecipher has been held in the Smith County Jail without bond since June.