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Grand Jury hands down 36 true bills

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A Hopkins County Grand Jury Dec. 11 signed at least 36 indictments against 26 people.

A few individuals were indicted on more than one charge and in some cases more than one person was implicated for participating in the same offenses.

The charges in the indictments range from murder, indecency with a child, continuous sexual abuse of a child and deadly conduct to burglary, tampering with or fabricating evidence, theft, forgery, fraud, controlled substance violations, organized criminal activity and felony drunk driving.

Tony Dewayne Crayton was indicted for murder (see accompanying story on this page). The indictment alleges he stabbed Jessica Tyler Crayton in the neck and back with a knife on Oct. 22.

Indicted for deadly conduct, specifically discharge of  firearm, was Ian Matthew Manning. He is alleged to have shot a firearm in the direction of a house and hit the victim in the eye on Oct. 29.  The 65-year-old Saltillo neighbor was taken to the hospital by his wife. He was struck with a .22-caliber bullet which hit him just under one eye socket, the impact lessened because it ricocheted off something else before hitting him.

Two men were indicted for sexual offenses involving children in unrelated offense. Donald Henry Murphy is accused of indecency with a child by exposure by exposing his penis to a female child who was younger than 17 years of age and not his wife on Sept. 1. David Ray Penny is accused of continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children by committing two or more acts of sexual abuse against a female child who was younger than 14 years of age on or about Sept. 1. 

Dusty Woodson and Amber Michelle Morgan were indicted for burglary of a habitation on Sept. 17 by entering a person’s home with intent to commit theft of jewelry, a hearing aid charger, a Kindle fire, an iPhone and a Macbook. Both were also indicted for burglary of a habitation belonging to a another man without his permission with intent to steal a firearm, diamond rings, costume jewelry, U.S. currency and a six pack of beer. Morgan and James Alan Cotton II were indicted for burglary of a habitation belonging to another man; they are both accused of entering the man’s home with intent to steal two chain saws and an electric wrench on Sept. 28. In addition to the two burglary charges, Woodson was also indicted for possession of less than one gram of the controlled substance meth on Oct. 1

Courtney Michelle McCown was indicted for forgery and fraudulent use or possession of identifying information. McCown is alleged to have written five checks on another woman’s account — four for $250 each and one for $50 — on Oct. 17. McCown also is accused of possessing the same woman’s Social Security number 

Indicted for engaging in organized criminal activity was Amber Diane Busby. She is alleged to have delivered by actual transfer one gram or more but less than four grams of meth on Nov. 4, with intent to “establish, maintain, or participate in a combination in the profits of a combination who collaborated in carrying on said criminal activity.”

Lance Evan Knotts was indicted for theft and for forgery. He is alleged to have forged four checks for at least $140 each on another man’s account on Nov. 12. He is also accused of stealing three chain saws, two wrench sets and two saws from Outdoor Power Products; an air compressor from Northeast Texas Co-Op; two chain saws from Cub Cadet; and two drills and a saw from Fix and Feed on Nov. 12. 

Indicted for theft was Patrick Lane Joiner and Billy Gerald Robinson; both are accused of theft of wire that consisted of at least 50 percent copper, but was valued at less than $20,000, on Nov. 2.

Jay H. Palmer was indicted for theft of $20,000 worth of currency from a man on Aug. 21.

Dora Elle Castillo-Rodriguez, Todd Alfred Clark and Joshua Keith Ratliff Williams were indicted for felony drunk driving. Castillo-Rodriguez is accused of driving a vehicle while intoxicated on Nov. 17; the charge was enhanced to a felony offense because she has two prior convictions of offenses relating to the operating of a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Clark is alleged to have driven drunk on Nov. 30; he had two prior convictions for offenses relating to the operating of a motor vehicle while intoxicated, thereby enhancing the DWI charge. Williams was accused of driving while intoxicated on a controlled substance, a drug or dangerous drug; two children younger than 15 years of age were in the vehicle with him at the time of his arrested for DWI Nov. 15.

Indicted for delivery of one gram or more but less than four grams of the controlled substance methamphetamine on Sept. 16 and again on Sept. 17 was Kevin Shane Bilharz.

Laci Cheree Chester was also indicted on two charges: one for possession of four grams or more but less than 200 grams of meth on Oct. 31 and one for tampering with evidence by allegedly concealing a glass pipe used as drug paraphernalia in order to impair its availability as evidence in the investigation Oct. 31. Steven Dwayne Lamb was also indicted for possession of four grams or more but less than 200 grams of meth on Oct. 31.

James Warren Nichols Jr. was indicted for engaging in organized criminal activity. He is alleged on Nov. 4 to have collaborated in the delivery of four grams or less but more than one gram of meth.

Lee Michael Rhea was indicted on two charges — one for possession of less than a gram of meth and one for tampering with physical evidence by concealing narcotics with intent to impair its availability as evidence on Nov. 14.

Also indicted on controlled substance charges during the Dec. 11 grand jury session were:

  • Jonathan Glenn Boughton — possession of one gram or more but less than four grams of meth within 1,000 feet of Sulphur Springs Christian Preschool on Bill Bradford Road, a drug-free zone, on Oct. 1
  • Steven Hendrix — possession of less than one gram meth within 1,000 feet of Glory and Giggles Daycare on 7th Street, a drug-free zone, Nov. 12
  • Billy Lynn Lundy — possession of less than one gram meth, Nov. 17
  • Robert Duane Mobley — possession of less than one gram meth, Nov. 14
  • James Brian Ogles — possession of four grams or more but less than 200 grams meth, Oct. 30
  • Jerry Dell Sanderson — possession of less than one gram meth within 1,000 feet of Pacific Park, a drug-free zone, Nov. 10
 

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