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November 22nd, 2010
San Marcos police make arrest in 1975 cold case

SUBMITTED AND STAFF REPORTS

The Hays County Grand Jury has indicted a 57-year old California man for a capital murder in the 1975 daytime slaying of 20-year old Sheryl Ann Norris in San Marcos.

Sheryl Ann Norris

Willie Roy Jenkins, 57, was indicted Friday afternoon by the Hays County Grand Jury on one count of capital murder. State District Judge Charles Ramsay set bond at $1 million. Jenkins was incarcerated in Fresno, Ca.

“The San Marcos police never gave up in their investigation of this case,” said Chief Williams. “Recent advances in DNA technology led us to this suspect and his subsequent indictment and arrest.”

Sheryl Ann Norris, a Florida native, was a 20-year old secretary at the Texas Crime Prevention Institute at Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University, when she was sexually assaulted and murdered in her apartment on November 24, 1975.

“This indictment is the result of remarkable dedication and determination by numerous members of the San Marcos Police Department over the years,” Tibbe said. “Today is the first step towards justice that is long overdue.”

The original investigation was conducted by the San Marcos Police Department and Texas Rangers. San Marcos investigators Commander Penny Dunn, Sgt. Fred Wisener and Cpl. Scott Johnson, and retired Cpl. Stuart Ellis have worked on the case in recent years. Other officers assisting in the investigation were Sgt. Kelly Earnest, Cpl. Sandra Spriegel and Modelle Gibson, evidence technician.

Assistant Attorney General Lisa Tanner will assist Tibbe in the prosecution of the case.

Tibbe and Tanner presented the case to the Hays County Grand Jury on Friday, Nov. 19, and following deliberations, the Grand Jury indicted Jenkins on one count of capital murder. An arrest warrant was issued following the indictment.

Extradition proceedings have been started with the assistance of the Attorney General’s Office and the Governor’s Office to bring Jenkins from California to San Marcos for trial.

The San Marcos police department has five other unsolved murder on its books, the oldest of which dates from 1982 when Jose Alva Romero was stabbed to death outside the Guadalupe Bar.

That same year, Santiago Garza went missing. His remains were discovered in August 1988 near railroad tracks off River Road. He died of blunt-force trauma to the head, police said.

In 1992, Jose Antonio Romero was found stabbed to death near the San Marcos River at Interstate 35. Also in 1992, Dioncio Torress Deleon “Chito” was shot and killed in the 1700 block of the west interstate access road.

The most recent unsolved murder is that of James Reyes who was stabbed to death in 1998. his body was found on Texas 80 near the Blanco River bridge.

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