Weatherford Democrat

January 10, 2013

Shooting, hammer beating cases among grand jury indictments


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE

A Parker County grand jury indicted a woman who, deputies say, shot her brother in the chest and a man who, deputies say, severely beat his mother with a hammer.

Ramona Kathalene Parker, 54, of Millsap, was arrested after deputies responding to the 1200 block of Brazos Rock Road the evening of Oct. 26 found her brother, who was in his 50s, bleeding profusely from the chest area, according to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.

Fox reportedly told deputies that her brother had entered her trailer and begun destroying her property.

After the man left, Fox said she went to her brother’s travel trailer, located on the same property, taking a pellet rifle with her, according the sheriff’s office. Inside her brother’s residence, she reportedly shot him in the chest with the gun.

Deputies found a man laying on a couch in his travel trailer with a copious amount of blood on his person and the surrounding area, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Deputy Danie Huffman.

The man was transported by CareFlite to a Fort Worth hospital for his injuries.

Fox, who was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault, was released from the Parker County Jail on $15,000 bond in November.

Hammer beating case

A man accused of severely injuring his mother by beating her about the head with a large hammer was also indicted Wednesday on a charge of aggravated assault.

Jacob Dwight Farren, 30, of Cresson, was arrested hours after he reportedly called 911 and requested an ambulance, stating that a woman was bleeding to death.

His 54-year-old mother also called 911 and reported that her son had attempted to kill her with a hammer.

Farren was arrested later that night in the area after reportedly fleeing the scene in his mother’s car.

The woman told authorities that when she told her son to leave and not come back during an argument over his tax return, he came toward her, grabbed her and found a hammer on the table, Investigator James Allain wrote.

Telling her that he was going to kill her, he hit her on the head with the hammer and “then tried to gouge her eyes out with his thumbs,” the probable cause affidavit states.

The woman told the Democrat that her head injuries required 10 staples and 20 sutures.

“I’m so thankful that God has spared me,” Beverly Farren said, adding that she believes she would have passed out if she’d received one more blow to the head and likely died.

“He’s bipolar,” Farren said. “He won’t take his medication. He just snapped. It was like a different personality. He just said he had to kill me.”

Jacob Farren remained in the Parker County Jail Wednesday with bond set at $75,000.

Other recent indictments include:

• Robert Gatlin Burns, evading arrest with a vehicle.

• Ryan Edward Cox, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

• David Lyndon Crawford, theft of property, more than $1,500, less than $20,000.

• Gene Edwin Franks, driving while intoxicated, third or more offense.

• Jose Juan Garcia, driving while intoxicated, third or more offense.

• Jonathon Edward Gordon, driving while intoxicated, third or more offense.

• Richard Daniel Grandberry, attempt to possess a controlled substance, more than 1 gram, less than 4 grams.

• Ramon Garcia Moreno, driving while intoxicated, third or more offense.

• Teresa Renya Parker, driving while intoxicated with a child under 15 years.

• Cynthia Sue Patterson, possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram.

• Donald Wayne Ray, theft of service, more than $1,500, less than $20,000.

• Floyd Neal Smith, assault of a public servant.

• Scott Eugene Swoyer, burglary of a building.

• Joey Randall Williams, driving while intoxicated, third or more offense.

• Ryan Weston Hunt, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury.

• Janice Odom, injury to a child with intent to cause bodily injury.