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McCray, Herbert, McGriff, and Gunn to have plea cases rescheduled
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James McCray Jr. stands in court as his attorney informs Judge Cheney of possible negotiations. - photo by Kayla Gamble

During a full court calendar Monday, several suspected murders, James McCray Jr., Herbert Roberts, Tyler James McGriff, and Marcus Gunn were up for plea deals. However, in a flurry of requests, each case was rescheduled for another day.

Herbert Roberts faces crimes of murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm or knife. Roberts and his co-defendant, Tyler James McGriff, allegedly murdered Shaun Williams at Harbor Rain Apartments during a drug deal gone wrong on July 14, 2016.

Roberts bonded out of jail in March and entered a plea of not guilty.

On Aug. 26, Roberts was set to discuss a potential plea deal before Superior Court Judge Glen A. Cheney. This case was granted a continuance, though a date has yet to be decided. The same goes for McGriff, who faced similar charges as Roberts, though it was requested that his case be non-jury, meaning that the judge will decide the facts of the case before handing out the sentence.

Marcus Gunn requested and was granted a continuance as well.  Gunn is accused of murdering Eric Turner, who worked as a bouncer at Cream Sports Bar, on Dec. 10 around 2:30 a.m. Turner and other bouncers were attempting to clear the parking lot when Gunn, in a car with two other men, allegedly pulled and fired a gun three times before fleeing. Gunn was pulled over and arrested by HPD at Harrison Drive. His bond was initially denied, but was later set at $250,000 and reduced in April by Cheney to $125,000.

James McCray Jr. is accused of murdering his father, James McCray Sr. The incident took place on Aug. 12, 2018 in his father’s Midway home. McCray, who was 16 years old at the time of arrest, was arraigned on Feb. 12, before Cheney and pled not guilty. He is being charged as an adult and, if found guilty, could receive life in prison. McCray’s attorney, A. J. Balbo, stated that negotiations are currently underway but have yet to be reached. A request for a non-jury trial may be made later on. McCray’s case was given a continuance until Oct. 21. 

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