Texas woman exonerated seeks assistance in removing bullet from her arm.
Copperas Cove resident LaCresha Murray is pleading for assistance to remove a bullet from her arm after allegedly being shot six times by an off-duty police officer in a road rage incident. This marks the latest encounter Murray, who was jailed at the age of 11 for allegedly killing a two-year-old she was babysitting and sentenced to 20 years, has had with law enforcement.
Murray claims to have a lot of people against her, likely stemming from her past, such as when she was required to watch 15 minutes of news every day which featured her being picked on and even jumped by fellow inmates. However, her case received attention from Michael Lofton, who investigated it on his TV show. Despite a guilty verdict in Murray’s first trial, Lofton did not give up the fight and ultimately had the conviction overturned in 1999, with the judge concluding that the police illegally obtained a confession from Murray.
Since her release at the age of 15, Murray has been arrested several more times and continues to struggle to live a normal life today. Two years ago, while driving in Copperas Cove and trying to get to the hospital due to not feeling well, Murray claims she accidentally crossed paths with off-duty officer Eric Stoneburner. Murray alleges that Stoneburner pulled out his gun and started shooting at her after what she described as “road rage”. Murray was shot six times and Stoneburner later resigned and was charged with aggravated assault.
Murray still has a bullet in her arm and Lofton, with the African American Youth Harvest Foundation, has stepped in to raise funds to assist Murray with housing, clothing, food, and education. Lofton described Murray as “very intelligent”, “strong-minded”, and believes she can help others with her story. Murray, who is suing the City of Copperas Cove and Stoneburner, appreciates Lofton’s assistance and looks forward to sharing her experiences to help others.
Despite Murray’s legal issues in the past, her recent encounter with off-duty officer Stoneburner has once again raised questions about excessive police force and reminds us of the need to address such incidents through legal channels.