Titus County officers follow stabbing case to Weaver

Leesburg man in ICU at Tyler hospital; reportedly assaulted in Winfield

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 31, 2008 - A 53-year-old Leesburg man, reportedly stabbed in Titus County, was flown Thursday night from Weaver to East Texas Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for a stab wound to his chest.

David Michael Poole remained in the intensive care unit at ETMC in Tyler overnight recovering from the stab wound. Titus County officers had yet to speak to Poole midmorning Friday about the stabbing.

Hopkins County authorities were contacted at 8:54 p.m. by a clerk at Weaver Store, who said a man told an employee he'd been stabbed. Sheriff's deputies and firefighters arrived and noted the man to have what appeared to be a single stab wound to the chest. Lifestar was contacted and landed a helicopter near the Weaver store on FM 269 at 9:43 p.m. At 9:56 p.m. Poole was flown to ETMC, Hopkins County officers said

Titus County Sheriff's Office was notified after the victim told deputies the assault occurred in Winfield. A Hopkins County Sheriff's officer from the scene reported a knife had been recovered and was thought to be the weapon involved.

A Winnsboro man, 59, said to be "involved in an incident with a stabbing victim" was jailed by Texas Department of Public Safety troopers on unrelated charges Thursday night. Whether he is a suspect or simply a witness was unclear Friday morning, as Titus County authorities were still investigating the stabbing and releasing few details of the incident.

Titus County Investigator Clint Bain, a former Hopkins County sheriff's officer, traveled to Hopkins County jail to talk to the suspect at midmorning Friday, then left for Tyler to try to talk to the victim.

Titus authorities did allow that they are looking at a suspect.

"We do have a suspect in the case, but are not releasing his name or more at this time. It's under investigation," according to Titus County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Scott Sartain. "The suspect, we believe, is a resident of Titus County, age 61, a male."

According to reports from Hopkins County Sheriff's Office, Bobby Will Hughes, 59, of Winnsboro was taken into custody at Weaver Store at 10 p.m. by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Trent Price for driving while intoxicated-second offense. Hughes was also arrested on Camp County warrants for theft by check and hindering of a secured creditor, a felony.

Price noted on the arrest report that he initially responded at the location to a report that Hughes was involved in a possible accident at the store and also was involved in an incident with a stabbing victim.

Hughes admitted to Price he had been operating the gold Ford F150 pickup he was in and to having consumed alcohol. Hughes failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. A records check revealed the outstanding Camp County warrant.

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