An Erath County grand jury indicted 14 individuals including two for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony, and two for endangering a child and possession of a substance in penalty group one; a state jail and second degree felony.
Terry Eugene Hess, 26, and Angelica Lena Meeks, 29, both of Palo Pinto County were arrested in October after shooting a male on CR 144 just north of Morgan Mill.
“It’s a pretty bizarre sequence of events. I don’t really know if there was a really well thought out plan,” District Attorney Alan Nash said. “They started in Palo Pinto County, came out here, shot him and then called 911. They were there when the paramedics arrived and initially claimed they had found him there and he was already shot.”
However the two eventually came clean after an interrogation, Hess admitting that he pulled the trigger.
“We obviously weren’t sure there for a few days whether we were going to have an assault case or a murder case,” Nash said. “But the victim did survive. I don’t think he’s made a full recovery but he is expected to survive.”
Another case involves two individuals, Michael Eugene Langston, 50, and Monica Leann Langston, 37, who were in possession of methamphetamine with a 10-year-old child in the vehicle.
“The law states that if you ingest, possess or deliver methamphetamine in the presence of a child under the age of 15, it is a felony,” Nash said.
Texas Penal Code 22.041 on abandoning or endangering a child states that a person commits an offense if he intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence engages in conduct that endangers a child under the age of 15 and specifically addresses methamphetamine.
“It is presumed that a person engaged in conduct that places a child in imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment if the person manufactured, possessed, or in any way introduced into the body of any person the controlled substance methamphetamine in the presence of a child,” the code states.
Child Protective Services also becomes involved and Nash said depending on the seriousness of the case, this kind of offense can affect one's ability to visit their children or lose custody of them permanently.
"The use of methamphetamine is devastating to individuals and families — and its use is the root of many, if not most, property crimes and acts of violence in our county," Nash said. "It is particularly a problem when methamphetamine users and dealers choose to expose their own and others' children to it. This is why our law makers have made use, possession, or manufacture of it in the presence of a child a distinct felony."
Others indicted include:
Daniel Scott Bradford, 36, for driving while intoxicated, third or more; a second degree felony.
Kimberly Ann Cole, 31, for theft of metals, less than $20,000; a third degree felony.
Terry Allen Decker, 26, for manufacture or delivery of a substance in penalty group one, one gram or more but less than 200 grams; a first degree felony.
Tim Lynn DeLaTorre, Jr., 22, for possession of a substance in penalty group one, one gram or more but less than four grams; a third degree felony.
Garrett E. Hopton-Jones, 23, for two counts of delivery of marijuana, five pounds or less but more than one-fourth an ounce; state jail felonies.
Obadiah Jacobs, 29, for delivery of a dangerous drug; a third degree felony.
Darrell Lynn Norman, 31, for theft — less than $2,500 with two prior convictions — and manufacture or delivery of a substance in penalty group one, four grams or more but less than 200 grams; a state jail felony and first degree felony.
Dewann Gene Robison, 28, for theft of metals — less than $20,000 — and burglary of a building; a third degree felony and state jail felony.
Madison Triston Wheeler, 20, for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; a state jail felony.
Samuel Eugene Woods, 51, for theft, less than $2,500 with previous convictions; a third degree felony.