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Julius Jerome MURPHY





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: September 19, 1997
Date of birth: October 25, 1978
Victim profile: Jason Erie, 26
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Bowie County, Texas, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on August 18, 1998
Name TDCJ Number Date of Birth
Murphy, Julius Jerome 999279 10/25/1978
Date Received Age (when Received) Education Level
08/18/1998 19 8
Date of Offense Age (at the Offense) County
09/19/1997 18 Bowie
Race Gender Hair Color
Black Male Black
Height Weight Eye Color
5' 10" 163 Brown
Native County Native State Prior Occupation
Bowie Texas warehouseman, food service, laborer
Prior Prison Record
Summary of incident

On 09/19/97, the subject shot a 26-year male one time in the head with a .25 caliber semi-automatic weapon during a robbery.
Race and Gender of Victim
Julius Jerome Murphy

Christopher Solomon, Julius Murphy, Javarrow Young, Virginia Marie Wood, and Christina Davis attended a party at Murphy's mother's home on the afternoon of September 17, 1997.

Young testified that Solomon engaged him in a conversation about a robbery. Murphy was present during this conversation but did not talk. Solomon later proceeded to show Young a pistol from the glove compartment of Wood's car.

Solomon then passed the gun around to several others, including Young and Murphy. The gun was subsequently returned to Solomon, who pocketed it. Young, Wood, and Davis all testified that two vehicles of people traveled together to visit some out-of-town friends.

One of the vehicles, a truck, was driven by Young's girlfriend and contained as passengers Young, Young's daughter, and a friend named Phil. The other vehicle, a car, was driven by Solomon and contained as passengers Murphy, Wood, and Davis. Upon returning from their out-of-town trip, the two vehicles stopped at a gas station.

Young testified that he conversed with Solomon. Solomon related that he had seen a man with car trouble on the side of the road, and the man had waved, indicating he needed assistance. Solomon told Young that he was going to "jack him" - a statement Young interpreted as meaning Solomon was going to rob the man on the road.

Young declined to get involved in the robbery but told Solomon "to do what they got to do, and go." Wood and Davis saw Solomon engage in a conversation but did not hear what transpired. Young saw Solomon's car stop by the man's car on the side of the road. Young then drove his truck to a different gas station and waited.

When Solomon's car failed to appear after twenty to thirty minutes, Young drove his truck towards town. On the way, he saw the victim, Jason Erie, lying on the ground. Young flagged down a passing ambulance and directed it to the scene. Later, he talked to the police.

According to Wood and Davis, Solomon drove Wood's car, Wood sat in the front passenger seat, Murphy sat behind Solomon, and Davis sat behind Wood. Murphy and Davis were not getting along because they had been fighting earlier on the trip.

Solomon pointed to the side of the road to Erie, who was apparently having car trouble. Solomon gave Erie's car a "jump," and Erie paid Solomon five dollars. According to Davis, as Erie headed away, Solomon told Murphy that Erie had a lot of money in his wallet and said something to the effect of "we should jack him."

At first, Murphy resisted the idea, but Solomon goaded Murphy until he agreed. Murphy then said, "Okay, give me the gun. I'll do it." Solomon then told Wood to take the gun out, Wood removed the gun from the glove compartment, and Murphy grabbed the gun.

According to Wood, after Erie paid Solomon five dollars, Murphy told her to hand him the gun and she complied. Wood heard Solomon tell Murphy that he should shoot and kill the man because "that's how I got caught the last time." Davis was not listening to the conversation but she heard the last phrase "that's how I got caught the last time."

Davis testified that she grabbed Murphy and told him not to go, but Murphy pushed her away and exited the car. Davis put her head down and heard a gun fire. After Murphy stepped from his vehicle armed with the gun, he demanded Erie’s wallet. Initially, Erie protested and refused to hand over his property.

As he finally began to comply, Murphy fired a single shot from close range into Jason’s forehead and retrieved the stolen wallet from the spot it had fallen. It was later discovered along a nearby road where Murphy told investigators it had been discarded. Erie was alive when rescue workers arrived, but died a short time later.

Murphy and his friends fled through Arkansas, to Tennessee, and finally ended up in Arlington, Texas, where they were apprehended by police. Murphy’s girlfriend, Christina Davis, who was with Murphy throughout the duration of these events, testified that she had fought with Murphy on the day prior to the murder in which he struck her several times.

She also explained to the jury how she and Murphy had fought the day they were arrested and how Murphy continued to hit her and threatened to shoot her in the leg to keep her from leaving. Wood saw Murphy shoot the victim and take his wallet.

According to Wood, Solomon and Murphy later bragged about the bullet shell remaining inside the gun's chamber, and Solomon coldly bragged that he was going to keep the five dollars given by Erie as a souvenir. Both Davis and Wood testified that, sometime after the incident with Erie, Davis ran from the car and contacted the police.

Solomon, Murphy, and Wood were subsequently charged with capital murder. Solomon and Murphy did not testify. Wood, Davis, and Young all testified as witnesses for the prosecution.



Julius Jerome Murphy



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