David Simoneaux

Man accused of murder at former softball player’s residence acquitted

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Brelyn Sorrells, who was charged with first-degree murder for a stabbing at a former Texas State softball player’s home, was acquitted May 21 after video evidence was revealed that proved he acted in self-defense.

At a Super Bowl party of about 300 people in February 2013, Sorrells stabbed 20-year-old Arthur Martinez repeatedly, and Martinez died later that night from his injuries, according to a Feb. 26, 2013 University Star article. A video taken at the party, previously thought to having been taken hours after the incident, proved that Sorrells acted in self-defense when he stabbed Martinez, according to a May 23 Austin American-Statesman article.

Students celebrate 50 years of desegregation

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Students, faculty and San Marcos residents enjoyed fellowship, entertainment, free food and an educational and encouraging keynote presentation to celebrate 50 years since desegregation at Texas State.

Approximately 60 people attended the Desegregation Celebration at the Calaboose African American History Museum Saturday afternoon. The event was the second annual desegregation celebration organized by the alliance during Black History Month.
“The theme for the event is history, then and now,” said Darius Jones, communications studies senior and Black Student Alliance president.

Bobcat Trail parking to be removed for green space

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Restricted parking spaces and a road in the middle of campus will be converted to green space during the Bobcat Trail Mall Redevelopment project.

Bobcat Trail, which runs perpendicular to LBJ Drive and Edward Gary Street, will be converted to a mall area, making a more pedestrian-friendly campus, said Michael Petty, director of facilities planning, design and construction. The estimated total cost of the project is $5.4 million. Underground infrastructure such as water, steam and sewer lines will be replaced and concrete will be removed to create the green space.

Affidavit, search warrant connect softball player to murder

A Texas State softball player has been linked to an ongoing murder investigation, according to an affidavit and search warrants obtained from the San Marcos Police Department.

Sophomore shortstop Selena Hernandez lives in the duplex on 704 Allen St. where Arthur Martinez was stabbed at a party of about 300 people Feb. 3, according to the SMPD search warrant. Brelyn Sorrells allegedly stabbed Martinez after fights broke out among multiple people at the party. Martinez died of his wounds about an hour later, and Sorrells is now being held in jail.

Company’s success may signal busy future

Despite what its name implies, San Marcos’ Taecho Group is already achieving recognition for its work.

“Taecho” is a translation of “in the beginning,” the first words of the Korean Bible. The web developing company, co-founded by Texas State alumnus Adam McCombs, creates websites and applications for a number of clients. McCombs said he hopes it will soon grow into a full service agency that will take on advertising projects and campaigns.

McCombs started the Taecho Group in 2011 with co-founder and developer Robert Banh, whom he had previously worked with as a freelancer in Austin. Creative director Luke Woody joined Taecho in October. Woody said he and McCombs met as Texas State students and pledged the same fraternity.

“Treasure hunt” catches on among Texas State students

While scanning through the free applications on her phone, Kelsey Rose came across something unusual—an app that claimed to be comparable to an authentic treasure hunt. 

The official geocaching website describes the activity as “a free real-world treasure hunt where players try to locate hidden containers called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS, and then share them online.” The game was created in May of 2000 when GPS enthusiast Dave Ulmer wanted to test GPS accuracy by hiding a navigational target in the woods. 

Today, Rose and Patrick Freeman, sociology juniors, take groups of friends to find the geocaches hidden around the San Marcos area. They both explained that all one has to do to get started is download the app, locate nearby caches and follow the clues. 

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new memorial

People of all ages, races and occupations gathered Monday at the Hays County Courthouse to commemorate and acknowledge Martin Luther King, Jr. and break ground on a memorial to be built in his honor.

Participants marched from the courthouse to the intersection of LBJ Drive and MLK Street, the site where a memorial for King and Lyndon Baines Johnson will soon be placed.

A variety of speakers participated in the event, including a few of Texas State’s own political science instructors. They spoke about King’s message and what the statue is meant to commemorate, linking the ideals of Johnson and King together, which in turn reflects the crossroads of LBJ Drive and MLK Street.

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