Meachem receives 25 year prison sentence

Former Texas High Student found guilty of killing another student


Story by Macy Maynard, Editor-In-Chief

A former Texas High School student received a 25-year prison sentence and a $5,000 fine for the murder of his schoolmate Ulisses Martinez. The jury found Kamorion Meachem guilty of first-degree murder on Dec 5, 2022.

Meachem shot Martinez on Oct 25, 2021, outside a residence at 7 Sidney Drive in Texarkana, Texas. Both Meachem and Martinez engaged in an altercation at Texas High earlier in the day. Meachem had been sent home from school after the initial altercation, but sent messages through another student communicating to Martinez the desire to meet outside of school and continue the fight.

Martinez arrived at the address sent by Meachem and the altercation continued. Meachem’s brother and sister became involved in the incident. At some point, Meachem retrieved a firearm. In his statement to the police, Meachem said he waved the firearm in the air in an attempt to stop the fight. When the fight did not stop, Meachem told police that he shot Martinez in the chest.

Police found Martinez deceased on the street from two gunshot wounds after they arrived on the scene. Meachem was arrested and charged with murder.

The jury denied the defense’s claims that the crime was committed with sudden passion, which would have given Meachem a chance at a reduced sentence. He is now being held at the Bowie County Jail until being transferred to the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.