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36 Indictments Signed During September Grand Jury Session

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At least 36 indictments were signed during the September Grand Jury session in Hopkins County, pushing those cases forward for prosecution. At least 24 people were named in the charges, which ranged from burglary, theft, controlled substance and marijuana offenses to sexual abuse, evading arrest and assault offense. At least eight people were named in two or more indictments, according to records released by the District Clerk’s Office.

Kenneth Charles Smith (HCSO jail photo)

Kenneth Charles Smith was indicted for continuous sexual abuse of a child. He has remained in custody at Hopkins County jail since his arrest Sept. 4, 2019, 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.

Jonathan Jones Carlock (HCSO jail photo)

Jonathan Jones Carlock. 37, of DeSoto was indicted for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance. He’s remained in Hopkins County jail since his arrest June 15, 2020. He was a passenger in a vehicle stopped on Interstate 30 for a traffic violation. Deputies reported finding three small brown vials containing a liquid substance known as PCP inside a white plastic bag in the passenger side door compartment. He reportedly claimed the substance and was arrested, according to the June arrest reports.

Dakota Paul Carroll (HCSO jail photos)

Dakota Paul Carroll, 23, of Greenville was indicted for burglary of a habitation and theft of a firearm. The offenses are alleged to have occurred on June 17, according to arrest reports. He was arrested in New York and held in Onondaga County jail in Syracuse, New York on the Hopkins County warrants in July. Deputies flew to New York and transported Carroll to Hopkins County jail on March 30. He was released from custody on Aug. 1 on a $20,000 bond on the burglary charge and a $5,000 bond on the theft charge, according to jail reports.

Christopher Levell Cooksey

Christopher Levell Cooksey, 28, of Texarkana was indicted for unauthorized use of a vehicle. He was arrested on June 19, after being stopped on Interstate 30 in a vehicle that’d been reported to  Texarkana Arkansas Police Department as stolen. Cooksey, at the time of his arrest, told sheriff’s deputies he was returning the vehicle back to it’s owner. Texarkana Police, however, advised local authorities the owner of the vehicle had reported it was taken by force one day prior, deputies alleged in arrest reports.

Julie May Cooper, 30, of Arlington and Cateria Shanta Mitchell, were both indicted for unauthorized use of a vehicle. Cooper was also indicted for fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, and Mitchell for evading arrest or detention with a vehicle. Both women have remained in Hopkins County jail since June 23, following a four county vehicle pursuit of a stolen BMW that concluded with the stolen vehicle crashing into a fence in Camp County the night before, deputies alleged in arrest reports. Cooper also allegedly had more than 5 items of identifying information when arrested. Mitchell was charge with evading arrest with the vehicle, according to arrest reports.

Shaina Cheyenne Fields

Shaina Cheyanne Fields was indicted for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. She has been in jail since her arrest June 20 that charge as well as a violation of parole warrant.

Qieshon Odell Flecker and Keaton Pierce Wilkerson

Qieshon Odell Flecker and Keaton Pierce Wilkerson were indicted for unauthorized use of a vehicle, stemming from the same incident. Wilkerson was also indicted on an evading arrest or detention with a vehicle charge. The pair was accused on May 7 of a brief pursuit from College Street at Helm Lane onto the downtown square, where the vehicle crashed into a light pole, low brick wall and hedges at the College Street-Oak Avenue intersection. Wilkerson also allegedly attempted to run from officer on foot, but was taken to the ground, police reports alleged following the pair’s arrest. The vehicle was reportedly stolen from a Sulphur Springs residence early Sept. 7.

Demondre Deshawn Holiness

Demondre Deshawn Holiness, 23, of Dallas was indicted for unauthorized use of a vehicle, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. He has remained in Hopkins County jail since his arrest June 29, following a vehicle pursuit.

Holiness had allegedly been driving a stolen BMW when an officer attempted to stop him I-30 near Cumby. He was accused of nearly striking a deputy in his effort to avoid striking spike sticks near the 117 mile marker. Holiness ended up on the south service road and took Business Highway 67 east, according to deputies. The vehicle was reportedly recovered in the 1200 block of Kendal Lane after citizens contacted dispatchers about it. Holiness allegedly exited the car on foot and was identified by witnesses as the driver of the stolen vehicle. The 23-year-old Dallas man’s cell phone was also allegedly still connected to the stolen vehicle’s Bluetooth radio system, further linking him to the vehicle, officers noted in the June reports.

Curtis Wayne Knighten

Indicted for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance was Curtis Wayne Knighten. The 38-year-old Missouri man was arrested Dec. 31, 2019, in Hopkins County after troopers located suspected methamphetamine in the truck he was driving on New Year’s Eve, the DPS officers alleged in arrest reports.

Tyler Gerard Maloney

Tyler Gerald Maloney was indicted in September for theft of a firearm. The Sulphur Springs man was arrested May 19 on the charge. Hopkins County Sheriff’s officers received information pointing Maloney as the suspect in a firearm theft from a residential property in that area, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Investigator Wade Sheets reported following Maloney’s arrest. Based on evidence gathered, investigators sought and obtained a warrant for Maloney’s arrest, according to sheriff’s reports.

Bryer Ray Parnell

Bryer Ray Parnell also wa indicted for theft of a firearm. Parnell was arrested his Como residence May 20 on a felony warrant for theft of firearm. The offense is alleged to have occurred on April 6, according to arrest reports.

Kristofferson McKinney

Kristofferson McKinney was indicted for theft of property valued at less than $2,500 with 2 or more previous convictions. He was arrested May 29, after allegedly passing all points of sale and leaving Walmart with over $200 worth of merchandise he had not paid for. When police attempted to contact the man, he took off running, but was soon caught and jailed on the charge, police alleged in arrest reports.

Pedro Antonio Fuentes Reyes

Indicted for possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance was Pedro Antonio Fuentes Reyes. The 37-year-old California man was stopped Jan. 9 on Interstate 30 by troopers; 1.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine was found in his backpack, DPS alleged in arrest reports.

Autumn Rose Rodgers

Autumn Rose Rodgers was indicted for possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. Deputies reported finding Rodgers in a vehicle parked at 1 a.m. April 17 on FM 69 south in Como. Rodgers appeared to be asleep. Deputies took her into custody after allegedly finding alcohol, drug paraphernalia and a small amount of a green, leafy substance suspected to be marijuana in the SUV.

Upon arrival at the county jail, Rodgers reportedly was non-compliant with corrections officers and was placed into a V-cell. While being booked into the cell, Rodgers was allegedly found in possession of an additional small amount of marijuana as well as a clear baggy containing small pills that tested positive for MDMA (Ecstasy) and weighed 7.12 grams, officers noted in arrest reports.

Jessica Lee Smith

Jessica Lee Smith, 31, was indicted for possession of possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. She has two recent prior arrests, one on May 7 and another on June 15, according to jail and arrest reports.

Elzie Antwain Sneed

Elzie Antwain Sneed was indicted on one count of manufacture or delivery of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance; 2 counts of manufacture or delivery of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, and one county of possession of 1 less than one gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone.

SCU investigators reported purchasing large quantities of suspected methamphetamine from 33-year-old Elzie Antwain Sneed of Sulphur Springs. The buys occurred on several occasions during their investigation. The SCU officers then obtained two first-degree felony warrants for Sneed’s arrested for manufacture or delivery of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and one second-degree felony warrant for manufacture or delivery of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. Sneed’s vehicle was stopped on July 1 and Sneed was taken into custody, according to SCU reports. The SCU officers alleged seeing MDMA (known commonly as Ecstasy) in plain view in the front passenger’s seat. The substance field-tested positive for MDMA, resulting in the additional possession charge, according to arrest reports.

Garrett Chase Spigner

Indicted for assault of a family or household member that impeded breathing was Garrett Chase Spigner. The 35-year-old Pickton man was arrested on June 23 at his residence.  The offense, according to arrest reports, is alleged to have occurred on June 11 at his residence. He was released from jail June 28 on a $10,000 bond, according to jail reports.


Joshua Ahkeem Stevenson was indicted on an evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and an unauthorized use of a vehicle charges. The 20-year-old Olive Branch, Mississippi man was arrested on both charges June 5, after a 10-mile pursuit along I-30 from the Cumby area to a Sulphur Springs convenience store. The pursuit allegedly began when the Cumby Police chief attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle was reported stolen in Tennessee, officers alleged in arrest reports.


Also among the individuals indicted during the September grand jury session were:

  • Russell Lynn Crayton — unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon;
  • Anthony Omal Dixon — evading arrest or detention with a vehicle;
  • Lisa Marie Escamilla — possession of 400 grams or more of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and possession of 5 pounds or more but less than 2,000 pounds of marijuana;
  • Lacy Renee Steele — theft of less than $2,500 worth of property with 2 or more previous convictions; and
  • Kevin Dwayne Turner — possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.
8th Judicial District Courtroom, located on Rosemont Street in Sulphur Springs, Texas

Author: Faith Huffman

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