Two Busy Days for District Court
Jun25

Two Busy Days for District Court

Thursday (June 25, 2015) morning in the District Courtroom of the Hopkins County Courthouse, 8th Judicial District began making its way through a 42 case docket. Most of the docket involved pretrial actions. However, Judge Eddie Northcutt did hand down a few decisions during the day. He had also handed down six decisions on Wednesday. Cases heard and set Thursday afternoon are not included here but will be reported in an update to...

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“Updated” Duffey Sentenced to 20 Years
Jun10

“Updated” Duffey Sentenced to 20 Years

Roy Dean Duffey was sentenced to 20 years in the Texas Department of Corrections and a fine of $5,000 Wednesday afternoon. In pronouncing the sentence, 8th Judicial District Judge Eddie Northcutt reviewed the testimony of a number of witnesses who had testified to the character of Duffey and David Harrison Cooper whom Duffey murdered with a battle knife. Duffey was found guilty of murder late Tuesday afternoon in the bench trial in...

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Duffey Found Guilty of Murder
Jun09

Duffey Found Guilty of Murder

Tuesday afternoon, 8th Judicial District Judge Eddie Northcutt pronounced Roy Dean Duffey guilty of the murder of David Harrison Cooper. The sentencing phase will conclude Wednesday. The verdict followed two days of testimony during which Defense Attorney Frank Hughes argued Duffy acted in self-defense on February 20, 2011 when he stabbed Cooper with a World War II battle knife. Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. District Attorney Will...

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Duffey Trial Continues Tuesday
Jun09

Duffey Trial Continues Tuesday

Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. District Attorney Will Ramsay concluded his list of witnesses and the prosecution rested in the 8th Judicial District Court trial of Roy Dean Duffey. Duffey is on trial for Manslaughter for the February 20, 2011 stabbing death of David Harrison Cooper. The trial follows a denial of a plea bargain agreement reached and an appeal that overturned a 12-year sentence given Duffey by then District Judge Robert...

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Duffey On Trial in 8th Judicial District Court
Jun08

Duffey On Trial in 8th Judicial District Court

Monday morning in the 8th Judicial District Court Room, District Judge Eddie Northcutt began hearing evidence in a Manslaughter Felony 2 trial. Roy Dean Duffey is being tried in connection with the stabbing death of David Harrison Cooper on February 20, 2011. The trial follows a denial of a plea bargain agreement reached and an appeal that overturned a 12-year sentence given Duffey by then District Judge Robert Newsom. In March, Judge...

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Smith Found Guilty; Punishment Phase Begins Wednesday
May12

Smith Found Guilty; Punishment Phase Begins Wednesday

Tuesday afternoon May 12, a Hopkins County Jury returned a guilty verdict in the trial of Jarrod Arnold Smith, 41. Smith was found guilty on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The punishment phase of the trial will begin Wednesday morning in the 8th Judicial District Courtroom in the Hopkins County Courthouse.   The testimony in the trial took only a day and a half with closing arguments made Tuesday shortly after...

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Grand Jury Returns 45 Indictments May 11
May12

Grand Jury Returns 45 Indictments May 11

A Hopkins County Grand Jury Monday returned 45 indictments. Joe Gilbert Valdez was indicted for continuous sexual assault of a young child. The victim was a six year old girl.   Two men were indicted for on-line solicitation of a minor: Bart Co Hoppenreys and Joshua Cain Strickland. Strickland was also indicted for possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine.   A man and a woman were indicted for aggravated assault...

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“Corrected” Smith Trial Underway
May11

“Corrected” Smith Trial Underway

Monday morning in the 8th Judicial District Courtroom in the Hopkins County Courthouse, a jury panel began hearing testimony from witnesses in the trial of Jarrod Arnold Smith. Smith, 41, is being tried on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to Hopkins County Criminal Investigator Lewis Tatum, Smith is on trial for shooting a man in the chest with 45 caliber pistol. The incident occurred in the Pine...

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Allen Waives Appeal; Ruiz Sentenced
May05

Allen Waives Appeal; Ruiz Sentenced

District Attorney for the 8th Judicial DistrictWill Ramsey praised his team of assistants for their hard work and dedication that has recently resulted in the sentencing of three individuals to state jail time. On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Robert Dwayne Allen appeared before the court and announced his intention to waive appeal in his recent life sentence for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.  In exchange for his waiver of appeal, the...

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Winn Reaches Plea Agreement; DA Puts His Investigations on a Case by Case Basis
Apr23

Winn Reaches Plea Agreement; DA Puts His Investigations on a Case by Case Basis

“It will be on a case by case basis. Hopefully, it should not affect too many cases. We will just make sure that the defense is aware of the situation.” District Attorney Will Ramsay made the preceding statement following a plea bargain reached for Daniel Madison Winn, 35, in 8th Judicial District Court Tuesday. Ramsay, who had named Gary Young of Lamar County as special prosecutor for the case, made his statement in response to KSST...

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