Trial date set for suspect in beating death

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TEXARKANA, Texas -- A man accused of beating another man to death earlier this year will go on trial in the spring.

Darquales William McHenry, 34, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jeremy Robinson. A trial date in Bowie County's 5th Judicial District Court has been scheduled for April 18, 2023, with a pretrial hearing on April 17, according to court records.

McHenry pleaded not guilty earlier this year. Attorney Eric Marks of Texarkana will represent McHenry.

McHenry remains in the Bowie County Correctional Center, with bail set at $1 million.

Robinson was found unresponsive on a couch in his home March 22 in the 500 block of Melton Street. He was taken to Wadley Regional Medical Center, where he died the next day.

Due to the apparent nature of his injuries, police investigated the case as a suspicious death and sent Robinson's body to Dallas for an autopsy.

McHenry and Cedric Edward Ballard, 52, were arrested in in April. As the investigation progressed, it was determined that Ballard and McHenry allegedly conspired to attack Robinson over some type of disagreement they had with him.

An arraignment hearing for Ballard has been scheduled for Oct. 31, according to court documents.