Couple indicted in husband's death

By Kathy Jefcoats


JONESBORO — A woman and her alleged lover have been indicted for murder in the shooting death of her husband Nov. 24.

Perez Lequise Mitchell, 30, of Tyler Ridge in Jonesboro and Trenekia Hall Hocker, 34, face charges of malice and felony murder, aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, obstruction of an officer and lying to police.

Police said the two were having an affair and Mitchell shot Jason Hocker, 33, during a confrontation at Hocker's Hickory Bend Road home in College Park.

The victim came home to find Mitchell in the bedroom with his wife, said police. Hocker was holding a baseball bat, she told police, and demanded to know who was in his house.

She reportedly told police that she tried to keep the men apart by stepping in between them. Her husband allegedly pushed her to the side and swung the bat at Mitchell.

Hocker told police that Mitchell pulled a handgun and shot her husband once before fleeing the home. Within minutes, he called her to find out Hocker's condition, she told police.

When police arrived, Trenekia Hocker first told them a stranger shot her husband, according to the warrant issued to Clayton County police Detective Travis Lewis.

After changing her story and identifying Mitchell as the shooter, police said Hocker pretended to not know much about him "as if she was protecting him."

"She advised she'd known him for about a year," Lewis alleges in the warrant application. "She advised Perez comes over every Saturday and they have sexual intercourse."

Lewis interviewed Mitchell that day and he reportedly denied having been at the Hocker home. In his application, Lewis states he thinks Trenekia Hocker is lying about the events leading up to the shooting and that her assertion her husband had a bat cannot be confirmed.

Lewis said he was able to discredit Mitchell's account through his own cell records and gas station footage.

Trenekia Hocker was charged Nov. 24 with obstruction of an officer, tampering with evidence and lying to police. She is being held in the Clayton County Jail without bond for violation of probation.

Police said she concealed a spent bullet and cleaned up blood at the scene.

In other indictments:

• Lovell Jerome Brown faces seven counts of theft by conversion. Police said between November 2010 and July 2011, Brown used money from the sale of vehicles for his own personal use.

• Antonio Chambless was indicted for simple battery and aggravated assault against his father with a pocketknife May 17.

• Frank Beresford Blades was indicted for aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act for allegedly using a car to run down his wife. Police said Blades also fired a shotgun near a public roadway and while under the influence of alcohol.

• Two women were indicted in an alleged burglary and armed robbery of a female under 18. Whitney Jasmine Gooden and Candace Nicole Duncan also face charges of two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, cruelty to children in the first degree and motor vehicle theft involving a second female victim. Duncan was also indicted for stealing a cell phone.

• Albert Lee West was indicted for statutory rape, child molestation, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy and incest. Police said the allegations involve a female relative under 16.

All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.