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Cleveland man sentenced to life in prison for fatally shooting woman in front of their 13-year-old daughter in 2020, DA says

CLEVELAND, Texas – A man has been sentenced to serve life in prison for fatally shooting a woman in front of their 13-year-old daughter, in accordance to the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office.

The jury discovered Phillip Jerome Simmons, 57, responsible of murdering Trena “Nikki” Jordan on April 30, 2020. Simmons was sentenced to life in prison and shall be required to serve 30 years earlier than he turns into eligible for parole.

During the two-day trial, prosecutors introduced a transparent image of the brutal assault towards Jordan whereas she was inside her dwelling and whereas she was on her again porch.

Prosecutors stated Simmons shot Jordan with a high-caliber handgun in the again 5 instances inside her dwelling and three extra instances as she lay dying on her again porch. Jurors additionally heard testimony from Cleveland Police Department officers who responded to the residence, situated on S. Holley Street, neighbors and household of the sufferer, in addition to a firearms and power marking professional.

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The daughter testified at trial, saying that her mom had returned dwelling from visiting her aunt down the road and the way Simmons confronted her mom after she entered the house. She stated after Simmons started firing at Jordan, placing her 5 instances, her mom ran towards the again door. Allegedly, Jordan tripped on her sneakers as she tried to go away the residence by means of the backdoor and fell. The daughter stated she noticed Simmons fireplace three extra photographs into her mom’s again as he stood over her.

According to the discharge, proof was introduced that the daughter ran towards the house of her aunt, screaming for assist and stating that her “Daddy had just killed her Mamma.”

According to emotional testimony from a neighbor, Simmons by no means known as for assist or exhibited any emotion.

Simmons was caught by regulation enforcement three hours later, prosecutors stated.

Simmons’ testimony

He argued that she pulled a knife on him in the kitchen throughout an argument they have been having that said that Jordan was allegedly making an attempt to kill him. Simmons additionally said that he retrieved a gun from the bed room, together with a second full clip, and returned to the place Jordan was standing. He testified that Jordan dropped the knife and started to flee from the house. Stating he was in concern for his life from a now fleeing woman, Simmons started shooting at her, placing her 5 instances in her again earlier than she exited the house and thrice whereas she lay on the again porch, in accordance to a launch.

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He additionally allegedly claimed his daughter was mendacity.

The jury was not compelled to imagine the self-defense declare made by Simmons and after roughly half-hour, rendered their verdict of responsible. The jury retired to deliberate and shortly returned a verdict of life in prison and a $10,000 high quality.

After taking a brief break, the Trial Court allowed the household and associates of the sufferer to converse to the Trial Court throughout allocution. In a present of energy, Trial Court heard from the Sisters, Nieces, Friends, and Akeelah Jordan.

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