CENTERVILLE, Texas (FOX 44) – UPDATE: After a week and half long trial, 45-year-old Hollis Lane Willingham, of Normangee, was convicted of Capital Murder in a Leon County Courtroom.
Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Criminal Prosecutions Division was responsible for securing a guilty verdict in State of Texas vs. Hollis Willingham for capital murder from a Leon County Jury in the 369th District Court.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office says the trial was the result of a 15-year investigation into the disappearance of Madison County man Jim Craig Martin -who was reported missing in August of 2007.
Although Martin’s remains have never been found, Willingham was convicted of his murder.
Numerous agencies have worked on this case over the years – including the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Grimes County Sheriff’s Office, Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the Normangee Police Department, the Texas Rangers, the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigations Division, the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol, the United States Secret Serviceand the United States Marshals.
The Office of the Attorney General is assisting the Leon County District Attorney.