Grand Jury Signs 17 Indictments During November Session

A Hopkins County Grand Jury on Friday, Nov. 1, signed at least 17 indictments, pushing those cases forward for prosecution.

Offenses alleged in the indictments ranged from indecency with a child, sexual abuse of a child, criminal negligence and assault of a public servant to unauthorized use of a vehicle, evading arrest, driving while intoxicated and controlled substance charges.

More than a dozen people were named in the indictments, including two men who were accused of three offenses each.

Terence Ramon Beachem

Terence Ramon Beachem, 47, was indicted for burglary of a habitation with intent to commit other felony, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and authorized use of a vehicle.

The 47-year-old man was accused of forcing his way into a Sulphur Springs residence, where he was reportedly involved in a physical altercation on Aug. 28. He then allegedly took the car belonging to the woman involved in the altercation, fled from police in a short vehicle pursuit and ultimately crashed the vehicle on Helm Lane. He then fled to a residence, where he was apprehended Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 28, according to police and arrest reports.

Beachem remained in Hopkins County jail Tuesday morning, Nov. 5, remained in Hopkins County jail, in lieu of $100,000 bond on the burglary charge, $50,000 bond on the evading arrest charge and $25,000 bond on the stolen vehicle charge, according to jail reports.

Kenneth Charles Smith

Indicted for indecency with a child by sexual contact was Kenneth Charles Smith.

Smith was arrested on the charge on Sept. 4, after a 15-year-old who does not reside in Sulphur Springs reportedly made an outcry and Sulphur Springs police were contacted. The teen alleged she was sexually molested at a Sulphur Springs address when she was 11 years old, police investigators reported following Smith’s arrest on the charge.

Smith remained in Hopkins County jail Tuesday morning, Nov. 5, in lieu of $100,000 bond on the charge, according to jail reports.

Joseph Alberto Navarro

Joseph Alberto Navarro, 34, was indicted on a continuous sexual abuse of a child.

Navarro was arrested Valentine’s Day and remained in Hopkins County jail until his release Feb. 22 on $100,000 bond on an aggravated sexual assault of a child charge, according to jail reports.

Indicted on a driving while intoxicated, third or more offense, charge was Joe Daniel Adams, 33.

He was arrested Sept. 7. He was reported to officials for driving more than 100 miles per hour on Interstate 30 and stopped. On contact, officers reported smelling alcohol on him; he also had red eyes, slurred speech and dilated pupils, troopers alleged in arrest reports. He allegedly told them he was not going to do standardized field sobriety tests. When he was asked to at least try to do the tests, he agreed he would, according to arrest reports. The man swayed while in the instructional position for horizontal gaze nystagmus tests and refused to do the test.

The man allegedly admitted to officers during the Sept. 7 traffic stop that he’d consumed two 24-ounce beers. He agreed to do the walk and turn test and one-legged stand sobriety tests. However, when placed in position for them, he fell off balance. When asked to start over, he fell off balance again and put his hands behind his back. He refused further testing and was taken into custody for suspicion of DWI, according to arrest reports.

The 33-year-old Marshal man refused to provide either a breath or blood sample for analysis, so a warrant was sought from and signed by Judge Clay Harrison, according to arrest reports. He allegedly warned officers he would resist the blood draw. True to his word, troopers alleged in arrest reports, Adams resisted when it was time for him to be stuck with a needle at the hospital. Officers reported they had to hold Adams down to restrain him so the sample could be taken, officers alleged in the Sept. 7 arrest reports.

Adams remained in the county jail Tuesday morning, Nov. 5; bond on the charge was set at $25,000, according to jail reports.

Thomas James Dumas

Thomas James Dumas, 38, was indicted for possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and assault on a public servant.

Dumas was arrested on the charges Aug. 17 and remained in Hopkins County jail as of Tuesday morning, Nov. 5, in lieu of $20,000 bond on the controlled substance charge and $10,000 each on the two other charges, according to jail reports.


Also indicted on possession of one Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge each were:

  • Andrew Jackson Housley — less than 1 gram in a drug-free zone; arrested Sept. 11 on the charge and reamined in the county jail Nov. 5 in lieu of $10,000 bond.
  • Cesar Mendoza — 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams; arrested Aug. 21 and remained in the county jail Nov. 5 in lieu of $10,000 bond.
  • Brandon Michael Petrea — 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams with intent to deliver; arrested July 17 and remained in the county jail Nov. 5; bond set at $45,000
  • Milton Pineda — 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams in a drug-free zone; arrested June 7 and released from the county jail June 11 on $25,000 bond on the charge.

Shawna Jean Clay, Alyssa Renee Cockrum and Steven Charles Gilreath were each indicted for abandoning or endangering a child-criminal negligence.

Clay bond on the charge was set at $10,000, according to court records. Cockrum and Gilreath were both arrested Sept. 12. Cockrum was released from jail Sept. 13 on $20,000 bond while Gilreath remained in jail Nov. 5 in lieu of the $20,000 bond the charge, according to jail reports.


Abhishek Anand was indicted on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance charge.

8th Judicial District Court, Rosemont Street, Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County, Texas

Author: Faith Huffman

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