Sixth Court of Appeals to hear cases Wednesday in Sulphur Springs
From Staff Reports
April 1, 2008 - The 6th District Court of Appeals, which generally hears cases in Texarkana, will meet Wednesday morning a little far from home -- at Hopkins County Courthouse.
This is one of a few sessions the court periodically holds in courtrooms throughout its district, which includes Hopkins, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison Hunt, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Panola, Red River, Rusk, Titus, Upshur and Wood counties.
The Sixth District Court of Appeals is one of 13 district appeals courts in Texas established to hear civil and criminal appeals.
The Court of Appeals has two Hopkins County cases on its Wednesday docket.
A criminal case involving a man convicted by a Hopkins County jury in 2006 been submitted for the 10 a.m. docket call. Tommy Walter Darling's attorney, John Hagler, is slated to present arguments for appeal in five cases Darling was convicted of. The district attorney's office is expected to represent the state in the case.
Darling was convicted in July 2006 and sentenced to life in prison on four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The case, stemming from the 1990s, involved two sisters who were 5 and 7 at the time. Darling also was sentenced to 20 years in prison for indencency with his 5-year-old step-granddaughter in December 2005.
The second case from Hopkins County is set for 1:30 p.m., when the Court of Appeals is slated to hear arguments in another civil case, Tom Ramsay vs. Texas Trading Co. Inc. and ADM Investor Services Inc. John R. Mercy and J. Craig Falls are the counsel of record for the appellant, Tom Ramsay. Local attorney Larry A. Powers represents Texas Trading Co. and ADM Investor Services.