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Rape suspect Thompson among high-profile cases slated for Feb. 5 trials

Rape suspect Earl Leroy Thompson Jr. is among three high-profile cases slated for  jury trials in Denton on Feb. 5. 

Earl Leroy Thompson Jr.Courtesy photo
Earl Leroy Thompson Jr.
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Thompson, 32, has been charged with two counts of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony and three counts of attempted burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony. 

He previously told investigators about his involvement in three burglaries in February and May around the University of North Texas campus, when he intended to commit sexual assaults, police said. He confessed to one sexual assault that occurred Feb. 23 and attempted sexual assaults on May 3 and May 16, police said.

He's been sitting in Denton County Jail in lieu of a $525,000 bail since his arrest on June 2. His trial is slated for Judge Brody Shanklin's 211th Judicial District Court. 

His attorney, Angie N'Duka, declined to comment on the case, other than to say, "I guess you'll get to learn more about what happened from the testimony." 

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Daniel Edward Greco
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Daniel Edward Greco is scheduled for a Feb. 5 jury trial in Judge Jonathan Bailey's 431st Judicial District Court. He is charged with capital murder of multiple people after he was accused of murdering 40-year-old Anjanette Harris in early March 2016. She was pregnant when police said he strangled her to death and dumped her body in a wooded area near Shorewood Drive in Little Elm. 

It's the first case since 2011 in which Denton County prosecutors have sought the death penalty. First Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck said the  jury selection process in death penalty cases is more extensive than other murder cases. 

"We are seeking death, which means approximately two months of jury selection has to happen first," she said

Denton County District Attorney Paul Johnson has sought the death penalty once before. In that 2011 case, capital murder suspect Tony Burrell was convicted and sentenced to life without parole. 

Another murder case scheduled for trial on Feb. 5 involves Hanyel Leon-Gomez, who is accused of shooting former Guyer High School football player Deandre Wilson in the head at a local bar near the UNT campus. 

Hanyel Leon-GomezCourtesy photo
Hanyel Leon-Gomez
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Police said the two got into a verbal altercation in the bar about 30 minutes before its 2 a.m. closing time. The jury trial for his murder charge will take place in Judge Steve Burgess' 158th Judicial District Court. 

Beck left open the possibility that all three cases could be tried on the same day. 

"Each trial is in a different court so different prosecutors and investigators will be handling each one," she said. "One does not impact the other."

JULIAN GILL can be reached at 940-566-6882.