Weatherford Democrat

July 28, 2013

Grand jury indicts suspect in baseball bat beating


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE



A Parker County grand jury Thursday indicted a man accused in the baseball bat beating of a passerby who reportedly stopped to help the suspect.

Gray Shadoe Taylor, 22, of Weatherford, was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

According to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, Taylor and another man were reportedly walking down Mineral Wells Highway near Weatherford while dressed in dark clothing after dark May 20, causing passing cars to swerve around them.

Responding to a call reporting a physical altercation, deputies found a man who had sustained a large laceration to his head, was bleeding heavily from his head and mouth and was uanble to speak due to his injuries.

Several subjects reportedly fled to a nearby apartment when deputies arrived and were later located.

A driver reported to deputies that he let the victim out of the vehicle to check on the pedestrians and circled back around, later locating the injured man.

Taylor said he flipped off the pair in the vehicle and ran back to his home for the bat when the vehicle circled around.

He claimed the man approached him on his porch and raised a fist at him in an attempt to assault him so he struck the man in self-defense.

However, no blood was located at Taylor’s porch, though fresh blood spatter was found about 75 yards away, according to the sheriff’s office.



Stabbing

The grand jury indicted James Dee Terry, 38, on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Terry was arrested May 13 after, a sheriff’s investigator said, Terry admitted to stabbing a 39-year-old man who showed up at Weatherford Regional Medical Center with a stab wound to the chest and a cut on the arm.

The stabbing reportedly occurred at a home in the 100 block of Izella Lane and was reportedly witnessed by a woman who did not report the incident to authorities.



Aggravated robbery

The grand jury also indicted 27-year-old Sonya Ann Downs on charges of aggravated robbery and theft of property, more than $20,000, less than $100,000.

According to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, Downs and another suspect were encountered by a 63-year-old man who went to check on a burglar alarm at his neighbor’s property in the 7000 block of Tucker Road.

The two suspects fled in stolen vehicles filled with stolen property from the residence and ran into the neighbor, who attempted to block their path, according to the sheriff’s office.

The male suspect managed to pass the neighbor, fleeing the scene in a stolen 2008 Mercedes, belonging to the property owners, officials said. The neighbor then reportedly used his vehicle to block the female suspect, who was driving a 2007 Ford Expedition reported stolen out of Fort Worth.

The neighbor reported Downs intentionally rammed his new 2013 GMC pickup truck with the stolen Expedition, causing several thousand dollars’ worth of damage. Deputies reportedly arrived to find Downs injured from the crash and the stolen Expedition resting in a ditch.

Downs was transported to a hospital for treatment and later released.

Both suspects were later arrested by the Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team at a hotel north of Fort Worth and the Mercedes, abandoned in an Azle church parking lot with the stolen property still inside, recovered.

Others

Others indicted Thursday include:

• James Randall Beech, intent to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.

• James Randall Beech, intent to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.

• Erika Danielle Brinkley, intent to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.

• Erika Danielle Brinkley, intent to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.

• Lynn Keith Burk, credit or debit card abuse.

• Karen C Erwin, possession of a controlled substance, more than a gram, less than 4 grams.

• Charles Anthony Franks, theft of property, less than $1,500, with two or more previous convictions.

• Amaro A Gonzales Jr., theft of property, more than $1,500, less than $20,000.

• Jimmy Allen Goyne III, robbery.

• Eric Wayne Nuncio, felony bail jumping and failure to appear.

• Andrew Justin Oaks, possession of child pornography, six counts.

• Andrew Justin Oaks, possession of child pornography, four counts.

• Joshua Michael Olson, possession of marijuana, more than 4 ounces, less than 5 pounds.

• Joshua Michael Olson, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.

• Oscar Leonardo Portillo, driving while intoxicated, third or more offense.

• Cortney Ann Sweeney, injury to a child/elderly/disabled person with intent to cause bodily injury.

• Donny Ray Watson Jr., theft of property, more than $1,500, less than $20,000.

• Michele Dawnette Wright, possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.