A 28-year-old Lubbock man remained in custody Wednesday in a Lubbock County jail after he was indicted in the beating death of a former Tarrant County judge.Lubbock County grand jurors returned a murder indictment Tuesday against Jestin Hooker in the killing of Steven Charles Wallace, 61.Hooker is accused of beating Wallace to death July 23 at a Lubbock law office in the 1400 block of Texas Avenue. Police responded to a disturbance call there at about 2:30 a.m. A man who was staying at the law office called 911 and reported that two other men who were living there had gotten into a fight. The man went downstairs and found Hooker standing over Wallace.Officers found Wallace on the office floor. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and Hooker was arrested a short time later. Authorities have not released a motive for the slaying.Wallace, a graduate of Cleburne High School, received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Texas Tech University and Texas Tech School of Law.He was an assistant district attorney in Tarrant County and a judge in Tarrant County Court at Law 2 before he retired. He began a private practice in Lubbock. This report includes material from The Associated Press.
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