Hopkins County Grand Jury Signs 48 Indictments During October Session

The Hopkins County Grand Jury during the Oct. 3 session signed at least 48 indictments, pushing those cases forward for prosecution.

Named in the indictments were at least 36 people, including nine accused of two offenses and two individuals accused of three offenses.

Charges ranged from burglary, felony drunk driving, fraud, theft, tampering with evidence and controlled substance charges to obstruction or retaliation, aggravated assault, evading arrest with a vehicle, sexual assault and indecency with a child by sexual contact offenses.

Armando Avina Alvarez

Armando Avina Alvarez was indicted for driving while intoxicated, third or more offense

The 59-year-old Sulphur Springs man was arrested Aug. 10 for allegedly failing to stop when involved in a vehicle crash on State Highway 154. He allegedly showed signs of intoxication, failed to cooperate during field sobriety testing but agreed to a blood draw, and was arrested for DWI.

Alvarez was released from the county jail Aug. 11, on $10,000 bond on the charge, according to jail reports.

Shawn Wayne Austin

Shawn Wayne Austin was indicted on two burglary of a building charges.

The 38-year-old Como man allegedly confessed to the a building burglary on Aug. 22 on County Road 2329 as well as another building burglary when officers arrested him Aug. 27 at his residence on a controlled substance charge. Approximately $10,400 worth of stolen lawn maintenance equipment was located, recovered and returned to the property owner, according to the Aug. 27 arrest report and sheriff’s investigators.

He was released from jail Sept. 5 on $50,000 bond, $25,000 per burglary charge, according to jail reports.

Indicted for tampering with evidence and possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance were Kristal Nacole Byrne and Charles Adam Dunaway.

Dunaway, 38, and Byrne, 41, both of Florence, Texas were reportedly stopped July 7 by a deputy for a faulty license plate light. They allegedly exhibited nervous behavior. Neither could sit still and both began moving around in the car, so the deputy asked and obtained permission to search the vehicle, the deputy alleged in arrest reports. Deputies reported finding a green tube, a glass vial and a plastic bag which each contained suspected methamphetamine, according to arrest reports. Both were arrested and taken to jail.

When Dunaway was placed into custody of a correction officer, the deputy alleged he appeared to have something in his mouth, so he asked the jail staff to investigate what was in his mouth. Yelling was soon heard and the jail staff alleged seeing a bag in the man’s mouth. He later reportedly admitted to throwing up a bag, which he claimed had nothing in it.

When the deputy talked to Byrne later, she allegedly told him she had stored two plastic bags with meth in them inside of her body, according to arrest reports.

Both remained in Hopkins County jail Monday. Bond was set at $10,000 each on the tampering with evidence charge and $5,000 on the controlled substance charge, according to jail reports.

Timmy Lynn Clark

Timmy Lynn Clark was indicted for third or more driving while intoxicated offense.

The 41-year-old Sulphur Springs man was arrested Aug. 4. He was stopped for a traffic violation and alcohol was smelled on him. He allegedly admitted to consuming 8 beers. He showed six clues of intoxication during horizontal gaze nystagmus testing and refused to perform standard field sobriety tests. A records check showed three prior DWI convictions, according to arrest and jail reports.

He was released from jail later Aug. 4 on $15,000 bond, according to jail reports.

Jordan Isaiah Cockrm

Jordan Isaiah Cockrm was indicted for aggravated assault on a public servant and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.

Cockrm, 20, was reportedly stopped Aug. 15 by Cumby police for speeding on Interstate 30. The officer reported finding a fanny pack with money and a silver snub-nosed revolver pistol inside of it in the car. Cockrm allegedly resisted when police tried to put handcuffs on him to detain him pending further investigation. Cockrm reportedly grabbed and struck Cumby Police Officer Zack Steward on the right side of his face with the fanny pack, then got back in the vehicle, the officer alleged in Cockrm’s arrest report.

Steward pursued the man west on I-30 to Royse City, where Cockrum reportedly wrecked the vehicle and ran into a Walmart. Employees and citizens were evacuated from the store. With assistance of a police canine, officials searched the store and found Cockrum hiding inside. Cockrm was arrested and taken to the nearby jail, then later transported to Hopkins County jail, according to arrest reports.

He was released from the county jail on bond on Aug. 16, according to jail reports.

Indicted for on two manufacture or delivery of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charges and one possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge was Dana Leeanne Goldsmith. Brandon Michael Petrea was also indicted for manufacture or delivery of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

The 48-year-old Sulphur Springs woman and 29-year-old Sulphur Springs man, along with another woman arrested July 17 at an Industrial Drive residence, following an investigation by Sulphur Springs Special Crimes Unit officers into drug activity.

SCU officers, in arrest reports, alleged 10 grams of methamphetamine was purchased from the occupants of the residence during four separate under cover buys during the course of their investigation. The officers reportedly used that information to obtain a search warrant for the residence. The officers found approximately 4.7 grams of methamphetamine hidden in a pillow case in the bedroom and recovered as evidence, SCU officers alleged in arrest reports.

Goldsmith remained in the county jail Friday night, Oct. 4. Bond was set at $45,000 on one manufacture or delivery charge and the possession charge, and $20,000 on the other manufacture or delivery charge, according to jail reports. Petrea also remained in the county jail Oct. 4 on $45,000 bond on the manufacture or delivery charge, according to jail reports.

Jakwaviane Kentrail Goodson

Jakwaviane Kentrail Goodson, 22, was indicted for sexual assault of a child and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair.

He was arrested July 20 and remained in Hopkins County jail Friday night, Oct. 4, in lieu of $100,000 bond on the sexual assault charge and $10,000 bond on the other, according to jail reports.

Timothy Allen Gordon

Indicted for fraudulent use or possession of identifying information was Timothy Allen Gordon, 54, of Winnsboro.

Gordon has remained in Hopkins County jail since his arrest Aug. 26, according to jail reports. Bond on the indictment was set at $10,000, according to court reports.

Ramiro Eliseo Hernandez

Indicted for obstruction or retaliation was Ramiro Eliseo Hernandez.

The 26-year-old Sulphur Springs man was arrested July 18 at the courthouse, where he allegedly threatened a courthouse bailiff. He was reportedly scheduled for a pre-trial appearance in court, and became mad when his court date was rescheduled. He exited allegedly exited the courtroom on the first floor of Hopkins County Courthouse and destroyed county property in the hallway. When the bailiff confronted him, Hernandez allegedly threatened to whip the court official when he got off work, according to arrest reports.

Hernandez remained in Hopkins County jail Monday, Oct. 7. Bond on the charge was set at $20,000, according to jail reports.

Miranda Lee Hodges

Miranda Lee Hodges was indicted for theft of property valued at less than $2,500 with two or more previous convictions.

The 33-year-old Sulphur Springs woman was arrested Aug. 25. She was reported by Walmart staff for theft. She allegedly exited the store past all points of sale with several pieces of merchandise she did not pay for. Store asset protection staff reportedly told police the merchandise was valued at about $345. A records check showed prior convictions, resulting in the charge being enhanced to a felony offense, according to police reports.

Hodges was released from the county jail Aug. 28 on $5,000 bond on the charge, according to jail reports.

Joshua Logan Martin

Joshua Logan Martin was indicted for possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair.

The 29-year-old Saltillo man has been in the county jail since his arrest Aug. 1. He was stopped for speeding and taken into custody on a misdemeanor warrant. After he exited the patrol vehicle at jail, the deputy reported finding a glass pipe of the kind used to smoke methamphetamine stuffed between the back seats. He allegedly claimed to hide it to avoid trouble, according to arrest reports.

Martin remained in Hopkins County jail Monday in lieu of $10,000 on each charge, according to jail reports.

Marcos Steven Mehlhoff

Marcos Steven Mehlhoff was indicted for indecency with a child by sexual contact.

Mehlhoff, 46, was arrested July 10, following an investigation of alleged sexual abuse of a child. Police Department detectives were contacted after a report of suspected sexual abuse of a child was reported to Child Protective Services. Mehlhoff was identified as the suspect. The alleged victim was reported by police to be an elementary-aged child, who is not a member of the suspect’s family.

Mehlhoff was released from the county jail Aug. 28 on $35,000 bond on the second-degree felony charge, according to jail reports.

Douglas Paul Merrell

Indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was Douglas Paul Merrell.

The 52-year-old Sulphur Springs man turned himself in and was arrested on the charge on Aug. 19 and was released on $50,000 bond Aug. 20, according to jail reports.

Clifford William Morris

Indicted for driving while intoxicated, third or more offense, was Clifford William Morris.

The 53-year-old Mineola man was arrested July 29. He was stopped by a deputy for a traffic violation and was alleged to have an open alcoholic beverage container by his right leg. He reportedly displayed signs of intoxication and failed standard field sobriety tests. He has at least two prior DWI charges, according to arrest and jail reports.

Clifford William Morris was released from jail July 30 on $10,000 bond on the charge, according to jail reports.

Herman Lee Morris Jr.

Herman Lee Morris Jr. was indicted for abandoning or endangering a child-criminal negligence.

The 29-year-old was arrested Aug. 16 after he and his 1-year-old allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine, during an investigation by special crimes unit and Child Protective Services officials. The offense was alleged to have occurred on June 30. Morris was found during the CPS investigation to be the person entrusted with the care of the child, SCU investigators alleged in arrest reports.

Morris remained in Hopkins County jail Monday morning. Bond was set at $20,000 on the charge, according to jail reports.

Derrick Dwayne Smith

Derrick Dwayne Smith was indicted for burglary of a building.

The 37-year-old Sulphur Springs man was arrested July 16 for allegedly breaking into the Veterans of Foreign War Post 8560. Police responded at 3 a.m. to a report of what looked like a break-in at the post. Police found the gate at the back of the property pried open. A search of the area around the building revealed Smith “laying on the ground.” Smith was alleged to be in “possession of several bank bags that were previously located in the office,” police alleged in arrest reports.

Smith remained in Hopkins County jail Monday. Bond was set at $5,000 on the burglary charge, according to jail reports.

Dillon Earl Stubblefield

Indicted for assault of a public servant was Dillon Earl Stubblefield.

The Sulphur Springs resident, 21 at the time of his arrest on Aug. 25, was accused of punching a jailer. He was placed in a “v” cell when arrested on another charge, and punched the correction officer who opened his cell door later that morning, according to arrest reports.

Stubblefield was released from the county jail on Oct. 4 on $25,000 bond, according to jail reports.

Kristopher Thomas

Kristopher Thomas was indicted on two tampering with or fabricating physical evidence charges, according to court reports.

The 23-year-old Texarkana, Arkansas man was arrested July 29, after allegedly trying to discard a bag with an Ecstasy pill inside of it during a traffic stop, according to arrest reports.

He remained in the county jail Monday. Bond was set at $10,000 on one charge and $5,000 on the other, according to reports.

Brandon Ray Timmons

Brandon Ray Timmons was indicted for theft of property valued at less than $2,500, but with two or more previous convictions, which enhances the charge to a felony offense.

The 25-year-old Sulphur Springs man was arrested Sept. 1 after staff alleged he took items from Walmart and left without paying for them. He then reportedly fled. He was found a short time later in the area and returned to the store, where staff identified him as the shoplifting suspect. A records check showed he also had a criminal trespass warning on file prohibiting him from being on the store property, police alleged in arrest reports.

Timmons remained in the county jail Oct. 7. Bond was set at $5,000 on the felony theft charge.

Jeffery Scott Trieb

Jeffery Scott Trieb was indicted for burglary of a habitation.

Trieb, 48, of Como was arrested Jan. 10. Deputies executed a search warrant for his home. He arrived in a vehicle with a woman for whom a protective order had been issued, prohibiting him from being within 200 feet of her. Deputies questioned him about the burglary. He was arrested on the burglary warrant, according to arrest reports.

Trieb remained in the county jail Monday. Bond was set at $100,000 on the charge, according to jail reports.

Destinee Freneisha Weeks

Destinee Freneisha Weeks was indicted for tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

She was taken into custody just before midnight Aug. 17. She allegedly tossed a bag of marijuana out of a vehicle window during a traffic stop,  according to arrest reports.

Weeks was released from jail Aug. 18 on $10,000 bond on the charge, according to jail reports.


Indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was Cody Gene Pyron.

The 23-year-old Winnsboro man was arrested Aug. 13. Pyron became upset when an 18-year-old woman he’d been talking to chose an 18-year-old Rockwall man as her boyfriend instead of him, according to arrest reports.

The Rockwall man alleged Pyron struck him with his fist, then put him into a “chokehold,” according to police reports. Pyron allegedly continued to strike the other man and they fell to the ground. As Pyron got up off the ground, he allegedly picked up a pocket knife, opened it and swung it in the other man’s direction, then threw it toward the other man’s vehicle. He reportedly used a tire iron on a vehicle, then left the Helm Lane residence in his vehicle. He was stopped by a deputy on State Highway 11 east near County Road 2389, according to reports.

Pyron remained in the county jail Monday. His bond was set at $50,000 on the charge, according to jail reports.


Also indicted for driving while intoxicated with a child passenger under 15 years of age was Constance Shunta Barr.


Quentin Lee Wright was indicted for delivery of one-fourth ounce or more but less than 5 pounds of marijuana.


Among those indicted for controlled substance offenses were:

  • Summer Dawn Brooks — manufacture or delivery of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance
  • Karli Louise Brumit — possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance
  • Jamie May-Gail Dowell — possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance
  • Jason Paul Farris — possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance
  • Wayne Thomas Hall — 2 indictments, each for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance
  • Joshua John Rockwood — possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance
  • Selina Marie Hope — possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance
  • Cody William McCulley — possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance
  • Johnny Liston Powell — 3 indictments: one for manufacture or delivery of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone and two for manufacture or delivery of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance
  • Amanda Marie Williams — possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

Author: Faith Huffman

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