09/05/2004

Texas Police Seek FBI Help in Slayings of 4 People

The Associated Press

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) - After dropping capital murder charges in July against three suspects in the slayings of four people, McKinney police say they will ask the FBI for help in the investigation.

"We're just looking for a fresh set of eyes and more experience to look at the case," Capt. Randy Roland, head of the McKinney police criminal investigation division, told the Dallas Morning News for its Saturday editions. "But we're continuing our own investigation and, if we get a break in the case, we'll go ahead with arrests."

Roland said Friday that his department plans to send notes and evidence collected from the March execution-style slayings to a group of federal forensics experts. But he said it could be more than a month before FBI analysts in Quantico, Va., are available to meet with investigators from his department.

Rosa Barbosa and her nephew Mark Barbosa were found shot to death in their McKinney home March 12, along with McKinney North High School football player Austin York. Matthew Self, a McKinney North teammate, died of a gunshot wound hours later at a Dallas hospital.

Citing a lack of physical evidence, police dropped the April 16 capital murder charges against Jecory Robert May, Calvin Leon Walker and James O. Jones on July 15.

The three men remain the prime suspects in the case, with McKinney police getting a confession from Jones in which he placed May and Walker at the scene and gave details that were not released to the public. Jones later recanted.

McKinney Police Department officials have said they believe lab testing will eventually link the three men to the slayings.

Walker, 28, was released from jail after posting bail on an unrelated misdemeanor criminal trespass charge. May, 23, and Jones, 33, remain in jail on other indictments filed against them and have not posted bail.

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