|County grand jury returns 70 indictments|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Oct. 24, 2006 - A Hopkins County grand jury in its most recent session approved 70 felony indictments, including multiple narcotics indictments and several involving sex crimes.
- Steven Deshaun Sneed was indicted on eight charges, four alleged to have occurred on the same day and four regarding the same type of crime. Sneed was indicted on one count of possession with the intent to deliver or manufacture cocaine and two counts alleging delivery of cocaine, as well as escape from police custody, all on April 13. Sneed was also indicted on four counts of debit or credit card abuse stemming from offenses in April and May of 2005.
- David Michael Steed and Richard Duwayne Thompson were each indicted on charges of sex crimes against children. Steed was alleged to have sexually assaulted a child less than 17 years old on three different occasions. An indictment was issued for each offense. Thompson was indicted on two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child less than 14 years old in February and March 1987, as well as two counts of indecency by sexual contact with a child less than 17 years old in January 1984 and January 1987.
- Troyce Glenn Byrd was indicted on one count of failing to notify sheriff's authorities regarding an intended change of address in August of last year. Byrd, convicted in Dallas in 1994 of aggravated assault of a child, is required to notify authorities every time he moves or changes his address.
- Kenneth Kevin Kirtley was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault of a female family member with a knife on June 26.
- Abran Jose Gonzalez and Paul Patrick Phillips were each arrested for felony family violence assaults. Gonzalez' indictment alleges he hit a family member, then pushed that person into a car on June of 2005. Phillips was alleged to have pushed a female family member in the chest, then slapped her across the face in April 2005.
- Dakota Alan Johnson, Jacob Matthew Radney, Kade James Pace and Tony Jay Harrington were all indicted for alleged acts of criminal mischief on May 13, which resulted in between $1,500 and $20,000 in damage to two Dodge dual axle trucks. Johnson, Francisco Vega Ortiz and Patrick Shelby Morris were also indicted on one count each of acts of criminal mischief which resulted in between $1,500 and $20,000 damage to a house on Aug. 30. The home sustained broken windows, doors, mirrors, shelving, light fixtures and its walls, ceilings and floors were spray painted, according to the indictment.
- Three men — Eduardo Camden Rodriguez, Emeterio Rodiguez Espino and Francisco Salazar (also known as Juan Carlos Rodriguez) — were all indicted on one count engaging in organized criminal activity. The trio were alleged to have conspired to commit a building burglary by helping plan and driving together in separate vehicle to the location to perpetrate the crime.
- Vanessa Joyce Giles Morehead and Russell Lynn Stracener were indicted on a charge of criminal mischief resulting $1,500 to $20,000 in damage household items in Dec. 2005.
- Eunice Kay Harrington was indicted on one count of theft of items valued between $1,500 and $20,000, including a butane fireplace, queen bed set, chest of drawers, dresser, two end tales, a dining room set, a brass king bed frame.
- James Matthew Bonhotel was indicted for theft of $20,000 to $100,000 in U.S. currency on Nov. 16, 2005, and Bruce Shane McConnell was indicted on one count of the theft of a black 1999 model Dodge Durango on April 25, 2005.
- Marilyn Sue Davis was indicted in a Jan. 12 home burglary with the intent to assault a woman. Also indicted on charges of home burglaries were Terry Shane Davis and Adam Glen Rurak. Davis was alleged to have broken into a Hopkins County home on Feb. 3, and Rurak was alleged to have broken into a home on April 5, 2005.
- Several were indicted on counts of felony driving while intoxicated, including Richard Lane Taylor, Belen J. Toledo, Roman Reyes Cadena, Debra May Ruthart (two counts) and Thomas Lee Allen.
- Mary Jane Brewer and Michael Adam Olivarri were each indicted on three charges of possession of at 4 ounces to 5 pounds of marijuana, possession with the intent to deliver or manufacture cocaine, and possession with the intent to deliver or manufacture mehtamphetamine.
- Brenda Kay Jones and Keith Eugene Decker were indicted on one count of possession of methamphetamine.
- Jacoby L. Jones and Jonathan Malik Jones were both indicted for possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine on Sept. 27, 2004.
- Allen Dewayne Smith and Albert Ortega Gutierrez were indicted on a charge of delivery of between 1 and 4 grams of cocaine on June 28. Also indicted on a controlled substance charge from the same date was Juan Domingo Ramirez. He was alleged to have in his possession less than 1 gram of cocaine, and to have delivered 1-4 grams cocaine.
- Edward Witt and Marcy Ann Bianchi were indicted for possession of cocaine on May 11.
Indicted for delivery of methamphetamine in a July 11 case were Wende Cheree Chester, Josette Rebecca Taylor and Jessie Dwayne Taylor.
Other indictments included:
- Rodney Jerome Clayton — delivery of cocaine.
- Cleveland Strange Lindley Jr. — delivery of less than one gram of cocaine in the drug-free zone near Douglas
- Intermediate School on June 9.
- James Gregory Marshall — possession of 1-4 grams of the controlled substance methamphetamine.
- Eric Montrell Benson — tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
- Danetra Latoya McGill — debit card abuse.
It should be noted that when a person is indicted, the indictment is neither proof of guilt or innocence, only an allegation.