August 27, 2014

Man indicted in beating death of former Tarrant judge

A 28-year-old Lubbock man is accused of killing Steven Charles Wallace, 61.

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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