Patrick Earl O’Neal Jr.

Patrick Earl O’Neal Jr.

A Paris man charged with murder remains in the Lamar County Jail today with bonds set at $700,000.

Patrick Earl O’Neal Jr., 38, is charged with the murder of 42-year-old Anthony Dewayne Massey of Blossom in a Friday shooting. O’Neal also is suspected of seriously injuring John Jubal Burton, 49, of Paris, and faces a count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Paris police were called to a shooting at 9:21 p.m. Friday in the 2900 block of 19th St. NW. When officers arrived, they found two people, Massey and Burton, shot lying near an ATV. Police said O’Neal exited a residence a few minutes later and peacefully turned himself in.

Burton remains in critical condition, police said this morning.

Police are continuing the investigation, the department stated in a news release.

This is the second murder case for the Paris Police Department in four months. On Dec. 27, police charged Ashton Jacorrien Green, 21, of Houston, with murder and aggravated robbery after officers were called to the 2900 block of Clarksville Street for a reported shooting. Green is accused of killing Rolshawun Goss.

The Lamar County Grand Jury indicted Green on the charges in February. He remains in the Lamar County Jail with bonds totaling $250,000, according to online jail records.

Klark Byrd is the managing editor of The Paris News. He can be reached at 903-785-6960 or

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Klark Byrd is the managing editor of The Paris News and the editor of Paris Life Magazine. He resides in Paris with his wife, Krystle, and their three children, Charlie, Annalise and Willow.

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