Grand jury returns more than 50 indictments
FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor
April 17, 2008 - A Hopkins County grand jury affirmed more than 50 indictments against 30 people in its April session.
Seventeen of the indictments were issued for Mikal Joseph Lawhorne, all for possession or promotion of child pornography. Lawhorne is alleged in May 2003 to have possessed "with intent to promote visual material that visually depicted, and that the defendant knew depicted a child who was younger than 18 years of age at the time the image of the child was made, engaging in a sexual conduct." The indictment then specified the conduct depicted. .
Lawhorne, also known by the alias "Wolf," was arrested by sheriff's investigators Jan. 22 on 17 warrants for the promotion or possession of child porn. The now 22-year-old victim told deputies that she discovered Lawhorne had taken pictures of her in May of 2003, when she was only 17 years old, and had posted them on the Internet. Someone had showed the victim the pictures, and she notified authorities, sheriff's investigators said following Lawhorne's arrest.
Also indicted on multiple charges during the April grand jury session was Kenneth Ray Scott. He is alleged on or about Sept. 26, 2007, to have possessed at least four grams but no more than 200 grams of the controlled substance methamphetamine in the 800 block of Bell Street, which is a drug-free zone as it is located within 1,000 feet of Sulphur Springs Middle School. Scott is also alleged in that incident of assault on a public servant by ramming Sulphur Springs Police Lt. Ron Plaxco's patrol unit with his vehicle, which he was using in an attempt to flee from SSPD Sgt. Harold McClure, according to reports. That resulted in a third charge for evading arrest in a vehicle.
Ricky Lee Townsend was indicted for both criminal mischief and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Townsend is accused on Aug. 5, 2007, to have driven through a woman's property, striking a carport with his vehicle as he did so. Damages were estimated to total at least $1,500 but less than $20,000. Also, Townsend and Carrol Maricle were both indicted for allegedly stealing a 1990 Tracker 20 Fiberglass Boat without the owner's consent on March 18, 2006.
Dwight Gerard Smith was indicted on two charges of engaging in criminal activity. He is alleged on May 5, 2007, to have collaborated with two other men on a building burglary.
Jesus Abel Garcia Valenzuela was indicted for abandoning or endangering a child and for injury to a child. He is alleged in June 2007 to have "intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence" to have engaged in conduct that placed a child "in imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment." He is alleged on Jan. 15, 2008, to have injured a boy under the age of 14"by spanking child multiple times."
Joshua Ryan Rodriguez was indicted for aggravated sexual assault of a child. He is alleged on or about Sept. 12, 2006, to have assaulted a child who was less than 14 years old. In order to protect the victim's identity, she was identified in the indictment by a pseudonym.
Alonzo Tyrone Mosley was indicted for sexual assault of a female child less than 17 years of age on Aug. 1, 2007.
Indicted for theft was Samuel Gregory Swindell. He is alleged at the end of January to have unlawfully appropriated "by acquiring or otherwise exercising control over" six aluminum doors and frames worth at least $1,500 but less than $20,000.
David Lincoln Alsobrooks was indicted during the April session for theft. Alsobrooks is alleged in January to have shoplifted four Nestle Crunch candy bars from an E-Z Mart store. While a theft of less than $50 value would normally result in a misdemeanor charge, it was enhanced in this instance to a felony because Alsobrooks has prior theft conviction, as as well as two felony forgery convictions.
Among those indicted for possession of a controlled substance were:
-- Jeremy Lynn Sharp, at least 4 grams but less than 200 grams of methamphetamine in February 2007
-- Christopher Allen Seymore, possession of less than 1 gram of methamphetamine in February 2007
-- Dan Wayne Humphrey, at least 4 grams but less than 200 grams of methadone in January 2007
-- Wyhletiah Gray, less than 1 gram of metamphetamine in January 2008
-- Birdie Alice Renfro, less than one gram cocaine in March 2007
-- James Donald Pettus, at least one gram but less than 4 grams of methamphetamine in May 2007
-- Terrance Chamond Potter, at least 4 grams but less than 200 grams of cocaine in February 2007
-- Michael Earl Pouncy, less than one gram cocaine, February 2007
Indicted for possession of marijuana were:
-- Jimmy Contreras and Aksel Vasquez, both for more than 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds in May 2007
-- Clinton Troy Adams, Nenache Ron Brakes, Tena N'Tiana Thomas and Sirenandle Jermaine Davis, all for more than 5 pounds but less than 50 pounds, on March 24, 2007
-- Tyrell Lenard Shaw, Bruce Lee Stephens and Michael Bradley Williams, all for more than 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds, on April 16, 2007
-- Alvaro Galaviz Morado and Alvaro Ramirez, both for more than 5 pounds but less than 50 pounds, April 6, 2007. Ramirez was also charged with possession of at least one gram but less than 4 grams of the controlled substance cocaine that same day.
-- Anthony A. Neal, more than 5 pounds but less than 50 pounds, March 1, 2007.
It should be noted that an indictment is not a conviction, only a finding by a grand jury that enough evidence exists to proceed with a trial.