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Couple pleads to lesser charges in husband's shooting death

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — A couple allegedly engaged in an extramarital affair pleaded guilty to lesser charges in connection with the November shooting death of the woman’s husband.

Perez Lequise Mitchell, 31, of Jonesboro and Trenekia Hall Hocker, 35, of College Park were indicted earlier this year on murder and other felonies in connection with Jason Hocker’s death. Police said Mitchell was having an affair with the victim’s wife.

Clayton County Executive Assistant District Attorney Jason Green said the two pleaded guilty to lesser charges and were sentenced earlier this week. Mitchell was sentenced to five years, to serve two in prison, after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter, tampering with evidence and false statements, said Green.

Green said Hocker pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and false statements. She was sentenced to five years, to serve one in prison.

Police said 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 stated 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 cellrecords and gas station footage.

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