Two plead guilty in Central Texas revenge killing

Candice Nicole Jones (left) and Edward Brannon Barry. (Jail photos)
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CAMERON, Texas (KWTX) Two people pleaded guilty to murder Thursday in Cameron in what authorities say was the revenge slaying of a Rockdale woman in 2017.

Candice Nicole Jones, 32, of Rockdale and Edward Brannon Barry, 32 of Caldwell, entered the pleas Thursday morning in 20th State District Court in Cameron.

Both waived rights to appeal

Prosecutors are seeking 50-year sentences for both.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled in July.

The two were charged originally with capital murder in the January 2017 death of Emily Hacker, 34, whose body was found in a shallow grave 10 days after she disappeared.

Affidavits issued in the case show the likely motive for the killing was revenge.

Hacker, the mother of two boys, was stopped on a traffic violation by police and during a search of her truck officers found a loaded handgun.

Hacker, according to the affidavit, told police the gun belonged to Jones.

The affidavit says Jones felt like Hacker “ratted” her out to police and she planned the murder as revenge.

Her body was found in rural Burleson County near Lyons, about 45 minutes from Rockdale.

Hacker’s body was put in a zippered bag and buried, along with her clothing and then the shallow grave’s contents were burned in an effort to destroy evidence, the affidavit said.

An autopsy in the case showed Hacker died of blunt force injuries.
Three other suspects were also charged in connection with the killing.