Three indicted for offenses involving public servants

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

July 25, 2007 - The Hopkins County grand jury approved 16 indictments against nine people in its July session. Most indictments were drug-related, but three involved offenses against peace officers and an elected official.

Herbert Randolph "Randy" Taylor was indicted for “criminal attempt,” which could carry a sentence of up to 99 years in prison if convicted. 

Taylor is accused of intending to kill Hopkins County Sheriff’s deputy Dennis Findley on June 6.

District Attorney Martin Braddy said in June that Findley encountered Taylor while en route to an unrelated theft call on State Highway 11 east. When Findley arrived at the SH 11 location to take a report, he observed a 1985 orange Corvette pulled in behind his patrol vehicle. Taylor exited the Corvette and approached Findley, according to arrest reports.

"The driver was unsteady on his feet and seemed to be incoherent," Findley wrote in Taylor's arrest report. "The driver returned to his vehicle stating he was going to get his gun. I observed the driver remove a stainless finish-style revolver from the center console."

The arrest report states Findley then subdued Taylor with the help of other citizens.

Taylor was then taken to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, where a search warrant was served requiring hospital personnel to test Taylor's blood for drugs and alcohol.

Taylor was released from the hospital the next morning and taken to the county jail, where he was booked for attempted capital murder.

Criminal attempt essentially charges that a person attempted to commit a crime. According to the Texas Penal Code, the offense is committed when someone tries to perform an action “which amounted to more than mere preparation that tended but failed to effect the commission of the offense intended."

In this case, the charge is a first-degree felony, which carries a punishment of 99 years to life in prison, and up to a $10,000 fine.

Another indictment involved injuries to an elected county official.

Hector Munoz Correa was indicted for failure to stop and render aid, as well as for intoxication assault resulting in injury, in an accident involving Precinct 3 Commissioner Don Patterson on April 16.

Correa is accused of being intoxicated when the Dodge Neon he was driving crossed the center stripe of FM 69 and collided with the pickup driven by Patterson. Correa was then alleged to have fled on foot, and was apprehended about 100 yards from the crash scene following a search by officers

Patterson sustained several injuries, including lacerations and broken bones, which required him to remain in the hospital for a number of days and continued medical attention thereafter.

One other indicment involved another public servant. Alvarez Muriss Harris was indicted for allegedly threatening to harm Special Crimes Unit Lt. Ron Plaxco "in retaliation for and on account of the service of" the officer on April 23.

Also among the 15 other people indicted during the July grand jury session were Jeffrey Dewayne Moore for injury to a child less than 14 years old by striking the victim on his bottom with a belt on Jan. 15.

Charles Hodges was also indicted for an offense against a child, as well as three drug charges. Hodges was indicted for sexual assault of a female child less than 17 years old and for delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) to the same minor child on Jan. 1, 2007; Dec. 1, 2006; and Nov. 1, 2006

The grand jury issued two burglary of a habitation indictments for Paul Richard Lyle. One charge alleges he broke into a woman's house on May 11, and the other a man's house on May 14.

Cathy Sue Capps was also indicted on two delivery or offer of delivery of dangerous drugs charges. According to the indictments, she sold and delivering between 4 grams and 200 grams of the dangerous drug hydrocodone.

David Wayne Howk was indicted for delivery of the controlled substance Methadone to a man on Aug. 3, 2006, as well as for delivery of "a controlled substance, namely a material, compound, mixture, or preparation in an amount of 28 grams or more but less than 200 grams, that contained a quantity of Alprazolam" on Aug. 3, 2006.

Charles Roy Wilkins was also indicted in the July grand jury session for possession of an amount between four grams and 200 grams of the controlled substance methamphetamine "with the intent to deliver or manufacture" on May 4.

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