Grand jury indicts 12 people on 17 charges
By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor
Feb. 13, 2008 - A Hopkins County grand jury last month returned 17 indictments against a dozen people. The indictments ranged from controlled substance charges to sex crimes, livestock theft and aggravated assaults.
Four indictments were issued for Manuel Acosta, all alleging sexual offenses against the same girl, who was less than 14 years old. He was indicted on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The three offenses reportedly occurred in June, August and September. The fourth charge includes two allegations of aggravated sexual assault of a child in June.
Also indicted for sex offenses against children were Joshua Lewis White, for indecency by contact with a child less than 17 years of age in early 2006; and Doudley Scott Maloy, on one count of sexual assault off a child less than 15 years old, and two counts indecency by contact with the same girl last fall.
Jeffery Ray Julian Jr. and Rosa Lynn McPherson Coursey were indicted on separate charges of abandoning or endangering a child.
Julian is alleged on Jan. 10, 2007, to have left the child locked in his Carter Street residence, where the child was sleeping. There was no furniture or clothes at the location, trash was scattered in the main living area, and prescription medication was left on a living room table.
Coursey is alleged to have endangered a child by possessing methamphetamine in the youth's presence. The offense allegedly occurred on Oct. 2, 2007. Coursey was also indicted for possessing less than a gram of methamphetamine.
Daniel Dongrele Lindley was indicted for criminal attempt, capital murder, by terror threat or other felony. Lindley is alleged on Sept. 18, 2007, to have thrown a glass object containing gasoline through an apartment window, then attempting to throw another container, also filled with gasoline and attached to a lit piece of paper through the same window. Two women were inside the apartment when the act occurred. The offense "amounted to more than mere preparation that tended but failed to effect the commission of the offense intended," according to the charges.
Joshua Archie Highfield was indicted for aggravated assault. The indictment alleges Highfield pointed a firearm at a woman during an assault on Jan. 31, 2007.
Individuals indicted for controlled substance offenses included:
n Stephen Shane Simpson, delivery of at least 4 grams but less than 400 grams of the controlled substance Alprazolam within 1,000 feet of Water Oak School, a drug-free zone. The substance was alleged to have been delivered to a man in September of 2006.
n Sherrie Lee Regan Cooksey, possession of at least 4 grams but no less than 400 grams of the controlled substance Alprazolam within 1,000 feet of Water Oak School in September 2006.
Others indicted during the January grand jury session included:
n Rodney Lynn Wilcox, hindering a secured creditor by selling a backhoe and other equipment which he had rented, owed money on and didn't have the right to sell. The proceeds of the sale in the summer of 2002 were $100,000 to $200,000.
n Jimmy Ray Barnhart, theft of livestock, specifically calves that were valued at less than $100,000, from a dairyman in early 2007.
n Cloyd Ray Knight III, tampering with a governmental record by making a fake Texas driver's license in the fall of 2006.