Joplin Murder Suspect Appears in Court

A Tyler woman who allegedly planned and assisted in the murder of her ex-boyfriend appeared in a Smith County court Tuesday morning. Heather Mizer (22) faces capital murder charges for the death of Jeffrey Joplin. Mizer's attorney says the latest hearing focused on whether all the evidence would be ready for Mizer's May first trial.

The state is still waiting for DNA test results to come back from Dallas. Other evidence includes crime scene photos, video taped interviews with co-defendants and autopsy results. Heather's boyfriend, Shawn Wilhelm, goes to trial a month before she does.

Kerri Panchuk, reporting.