Murder suspect has new lawyer, trial date

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A man facing a murder charge in a fatal March 2017 shooting at a Texarkana, Texas, car wash has a new lawyer and a new trial date.
Jimmy Jerome Dancer, 30, was set for trial this spring but a conflict for the Bowie County Public Defenders Office led 202nd District Judge John Tidwell to put the case on hold following a pretrial last month. Since the last hearing, Tidwell appointed Texarkana attorney Joe Tyler to represent Dancer.
Tyler’s associate, Texarkana attorney Shorty Barrett, stood in for Tyler at a pretrial hearing Monday before Tidwell because Tyler was in court in another jurisdiction. Barrett asked Tidwell about the possibility of lowering Dancer’s bail from $2 million and allowing Dancer to remain free while wearing a GPS monitor.
Tidwell instructed Barrett to ask Tyler to file a formal written motion requesting a lower bail. A hearing to address the motion will be conducted after the motion is filed.
Dancer is accused of shooting Tilford Barfiled, 25, in the abdomen and both legs March 24, 2017, at the Bay Wash car wash on State Line Avenue. Barfield was reportedly watching a fight which had broken out at the car wash when he was fatally shot.
At Monday’s hearing, Tidwell scheduled the case for jury selection Sept. 10. Dancer faces five to 99 years or life in prison if convicted.
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