Trial for Tyrone Sommers who indicted for Allen Plumbing murder starts
A Sherman man charged with the 2017 Halloween murder of Allen Plumbing in Denison is set to face trial this week. Tyrone Dewayne Sommers, 51, is the second person charged with murder in the death of Robert Allen.
In October 2018, Sommers was identified by Denison police as the suspect in the October 31, 2017 shooting of Allen.
Allen’s body was found in his family business Allen Plumbing after police responded to a call about shots fired at that location. The Dallas County Medical Research Bureau ruled that Allen’s death was a homicide.
Information released by the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office at the time of Sommers’ arrest said Allen was killed while Sommers was committing aggravated assault or fatality and while Sommers was attempting to flee committing or attempting to commit a crime.
Earlier this year, the father of Allen’s grandchild, Timothy Barnum, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison after jurors determined he committed the murder.
In that trial, the prosecution said Barnum wanted Allen dead because Barnum believed Allen was the driving force behind the criminal charges Barnum received regarding Allen’s daughter and behind her refusal to let Barnum see his child.
In the state’s 15th district court, Judge Jim Fallon Monday presided over the first jury trial to be held in that courtroom since the pandemic began, when Assistant Grayson County District Attorney Kerye Ashmore told jurors that the state intended to prove that Sommers conspired with Barnum to kill Allen, possessed the gun that killed Allen and threw that gun away.
Ashmore said they don’t have many witnesses to the conversations that took place in which Barnum and Sommers talked about killing Allen, but they do have phone records that prove Sommers was in the Allen area Plumbing the night Allen died. They also have statements that both Barnum and Sommers made to others after the murder, involving them and each other.
Sommers’ attorney, Jeromie Oney, told the jurors to pay attention to the details of the case and to the things some witnesses say because, he says, their stories have changed a number of times since they first met the police. started talking. He pointed out that one of the state’s witnesses, Barnum’s father, committed perjury and was then offered a deal to testify against Barnum and Sommers to get those charges dropped.
Oney said the property the state claims his client received for Allen’s murder is not in his client’s name or property. He also told them that the person who has already been convicted of the crime in the past has shown that he is not afraid to shoot someone because he shot his own father.
The first witness to testify on Monday was Robert Allen’s wife, Stacy, who said he lay dead on the floor of Allen Plumbing that Halloween night in 2017.
The trial continued on Tuesday.