A Hopkins County Grand Jury, during its February session, approved at least 96 indictments against 75 individuals. The offenses ranged from fraud, theft and controlled substance charges to sex offenses, drunk driving with a child in the car, aggravated assault and murder.
Jerry Chadwick Clayton was indicted for murder. The indictment charges he caused the death of his grandmother, Beatrice Finney Sanders, on Jan. 17 “by pouring water on her head, beating her with his hands and dropping a television on her head.”
Several individuals were indicted on multiple charges.
Steve Sterling Fouse was indicted for theft, burglary of a building and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. He is alleged in October to have stolen chain saws from a building; in November to have stolen batteries, candles and other food items from an E-Mart store; and to have possessed a firearm in December, which was prohibited at the time due to a prior felony theft conviction.
Dusty Lynn Woodson was indicted on three delivery of a controlled substance charges. He is alleged in June to have delivered less than 1 gram of methamphetamine to a man, and to have delivered to a woman, once in October and once in November, 1-4 grams of meth.
Horacio Saenz Jr. was indicted on four charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child. He is alleged in August, September and October of 2003, and in August of 2005, to have sexually assaulted a girl under 14 years of age.
Donald Gene Miller was indicted for delivery of marijuana in a drug-free zone. Two indictments allege that on two consecutive days in December, he delivered between 1/4 ounce and 5 pounds of marijuana within 1,000 feet of Austin Elementary School, a drug-free zone.
Sonia Suzanne Mata was indicted on three delivery and one possession of controlled substance charges. She is alleged in June to have delivered less than 1 gram of methamphetamine to a man and to have delivered 1-4 grams of meth to a woman in October and November, and in November to have a possessed less than 1 gram of methamphetamine.
Elijah Jeremiah Reaves was indicted on two charges of endangering a child and one charge of assault family violence. The indictment alleges in August he grabbed the arm of a woman, with whom he “has or has had a dating relationship,” while she was driving, jerking the steering wheel and causing the vehicle to leave the road and hit a tree. He is also accused of pushing the woman down and hitting her in the head. Additionally, he failed to “voluntarily deliver” two children less than 15 years old “to a designated emergency infant care provider,” according to the indictment.
Miles Aaron Parker and Adam Cole Fite were indicted on two burglary of a building charges, and Parker with one theft charge. Both are accused on the same day in October to have twice entered Cumby Independent School District property with the intent to commit theft. Parker was also accused of stealing a computer and cell phone.
Raymond Charles Huffstutler was indicted for possession of 4 ounces to 5 pounds of marijuana in October and for possession of 1 to 4 grams of methamphetamine in December.
Christopher Shawn Fair was indicted for burglary of a building and possession of a controlled substance. He is alleged in April to have stolen a fish fryer and microwave oven from a building and to have possessed less than 1 gram of methamphetamine.
Tanner Blake Cordova is alleged on two days in March 2008 to have delivered 1/4 ounce to 5 pounds of marijuana within 1,000 feet of Austin Elementary School, a drug-free zone.
Jesse Gerald Goodman was indicted for tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and for possession of a controlled substance. He is alleged in October to have been in possession of, then to have destroyed, phencyclidine, “with intent to impair its availability as evidence” in an investigation during a traffic stop.
Marcos Andres Noah was indicted for aggravated assault and escape. He is alleged in November to have thrown a woman against a wall and threatened her with a knife. He also escaped from a sheriff’s deputy while in custody for the aggravated assault, according to the indictment.
Others indicted in February included Ira Jessie Johnson, Jose Marcos Velasquez and William Alston Moore, each charged with aggravated assault in separate incidents. Johnson is alleged in November to have punched a woman in the face with a fist and kicked her in the back and head. Velasquez was said to have threatened a woman in November by entering her residence with a machete. Moore was alleged to have hit a female family member in the head with a deadly weapon — a beer bottle — in August.
Indicted for sex or sex-related offenses were Michael Allen Littlejohn and George Gregory Stanley. Littlejohn was indicted for online solicitation of a minor. He is alleged in August to have sent text messages to a minor, asking her to meet him, with the intent the “minor would engage in sexual conduct with the defendant.” Stanley was indicted for failure to register as a sex offender. He is alleged to have intentionally or knowingly failed to register with law enforcement agencies in Hopkins County within seven days of a residence change, required due to a prior conviction of aggravated sexual assault.
Among those indicted for burglary of a habitation were Amber Latrelle Rushing, Janie Lynn Ragsdale, William Alan Burns, Melissa Dawn Smith, Christopher Princeto Holbrook and Michael Matthew Elkins. Rushing and Ragsdale are alleged to have entered a man’s residence in order to take a box with children’s toys in July. Burns was alleged in July to have taken U.S. currency and a saddle from a man’s home. Smith is alleged to have entered a man’s home in order to take a computer, PlayStation and guns in August. Holbrook is alleged to have entered a man’s home in December without permission. Elkins is alleged to have taken a bed, sheets, a quilt, pillows, a couch, VHS tapes, an entertainment center, video game box and 19-inch television from a man’s home in September.
Shelby Lynn Lyons was also indicted in February for burglary. Lyons is alleged in October to have entered a man’s building in order to steal a saddle.
Indicted on similar charges of taking or obtaining items or services without the owner’s consent were Dwayne Patrick Cowart, Tolbert Don Rhea, Harold Jackson Smith, Lisa Kay Evans and Phillip Lee McGarity. The theft indictment alleges Cowart in July unlawfully appropriated or otherwise exercised control over a 1969 Ford F100 Ford belonging to another man. Rhea and Smith were indicted for forgery; they are alleged in January to have presented a “copy” of a Wal-Mart receipt, even though no original receipt existed. Evans, indicted for fraud, is alleged in November to have attempted to possess or obtain hydrocodone by forging a prescription. McGarity, also indicted for fraud, is alleged in August to have used a fraudulent prescription form in an attempt to possess or obtain an increased quantity of a Xanax, by altering the prescription amount from 15 to 65.
At least four people — Tracy Janneatte McMahon Brown, Meghyn Lerose Robinson, Shelby Jo Williamson and Cody Lynn Wells — were indicted in February for credit or debit card abuse. Brown is alleged in October to have used a credit card without consent to fraudulently “obtain a benefit” from Overstock.com. Robinson was accused of using a credit card without her permission in November, while Williamson and Wells are alleged in November to have used a woman’s credit card at a local fueling station without consent.
Indicted for retaliation was Allen Ray Duffey. He is alleged to have threatened to kill a person who reported a crime.
Phillip Daniel Eversole was indicted for hindering apprehension. He is alleged in September to have hindered the arrest, prosecution, conviction or punishment of a man wanted for the offense of parole violation by harboring or hiding him.
The three people indicted in February for evading arrest included Marilyn Sue Davis, Virgil Lindsay Cross and Jeramie Ryan Burns. Davis is alleged on Independence Day to have used a vehicle to flee from Sulphur Springs Police Lt. Norman Sanders, who was attempting to lawfully arrest or detain her. Cross is alleged in June to have used a vehicle to flee from Cumby Police Officer Jimmy White, and Burns is alleged to have used a vehicle to flee from Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Fenimore.
Ten people were indicted for felony driving while intoxicated offenses, including three people charged with DWI with a child passenger younger than 15 years: Walter Praidiz Calderon, Kenneth Wayne Faulkner and Suzette Marie Prewitt.
The seven other people indicted on allegations of felony driving while intoxicated — meaning it was at least their third offense — included: Daniel Todd Hicks, two prior offenses; Bruce Lee Waldrop, two prior offenses; Josue Garcia Flores, two prior offenses; Richie Lee Fox, four prior offenses; Jacqueline Denise Boykin, two prior offenses; Michael Galvan, two prior offenses; and James Ray Shaffer, two prior offenses.
One person, David Salvador Luna, was indicted for delivery of a controlled substance. He is alleged to have transferred 1 to 4 grams of cocaine to two females in September.
Numerous individuals were indicted for possession of controlled substances, including:
- Wilma Eston, 200-400 grams cocaine, November
- Matthew Daniel Heifner, Cody Allen Chauvin, Kennith Weldon Trase Ellis and Bowdrie Jack Cupp, less than 1 gram of methamphetamine, November
- Roger Dale Petrea Jr. and Jeremy Don Campbell, less than 1 gram of methamphetamine, October
- Winona Dawn Davis, less than 1 gram of methamphetamine, September
- Jerald Mack Brown, less than 1 gram of methamphetamine, June
- Cynthia Anne Boyter, less than 1 gram of methamphetamine, June
- Chasity Jetalin Bosarge, less than 1 gram of methamphetamine, April
- Toby Dale Bolyard, less than 1 gram of methamphetamine, May
- Jordan Bryant Bassham, less than 1 gram of methamphetamine, May
- Jerry Don Johnson, less than 1 gram of methamphetamine, August
- Christopher Lee Whittle, 1 to 4 grams of hydrocodone, September
- Brittany Nicole Thompson, less than 1 gram of methamphetamine, July
- Lakita Antoinette Cato-Carr, 200 to 400 grams of cocaine, June 2007
- Brailyan Detrell Thompson, less than 1 gram of cocaine, November
Seven people were indicted for possession of marijuana. In June, Terrye Jean Bryant was alleged to have had in her possession 4 ounces to 5 pounds of marijuana within 1,000 feet of Sulphur Springs Middle School, a drug-free zone. Staci Lorene Sexton and James Will Rogers Jr. are alleged to have both been in possession of 4 ounces to 5 pounds of marijuana in October. Jerry Powell Freeman Jr. is also alleged in June to have possessed 4 ounces to five pounds of marijuana, and Christina Nichole Stewart is accused of the same crime in October. In September 2006, Tanesha Denise Smith and James Earl Martin were alleged to have both been in possession of 5 to 50 pounds of marijuana.
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