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On second thought, a local man will leave it up to a jury to decide whether he is guilty of multiple charges in connection with two shootings in Greenville last summer.

Royce William Tawater, 27, had been scheduled to plead guilty Wednesday to two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of deadly conduct, during a hearing in the 354th District Court.

Tawater instead rejected plea offers from the Hunt County District Attorney’s Office. Tawater is now scheduled for trial Monday on all three counts.

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A local woman has pleaded guilty to seriously injuring a child in Greenville in February of last year.

Tonya Ann Rodriguez, 40, of Greenville, was indicted by the Hunt County grand jury on one count of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.

During a hearing Tuesday in the 354th District Court Rodriguez entered an open plea of guilty to a lesser included charge of recklessly injuring a child causing serious bodily injury. Judge Richard A. Beacom accepted the plea and scheduled a sentencing hearing before a jury on June 16.

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A  Greenville man, sentenced to state prison earlier this year on a weapons charge, is scheduled to plead guilty today to multiple counts involving two different shootings in July 2013.

A hung jury was the result of a trial in February concerning Royce William Tawater, 27, on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of deadly conduct.

A retrial on the charges had been scheduled next week in the 354th District Court.

However, Tawater is now set to enter guilty pleas to the three remaining counts during a hearing in the court this morning.

A Tarrant County man won’t face prosecution in Hunt County for allegedly driving an 18-wheeler filled with marijuana across the country more than five years ago. That is because Abel Torres of Arlington is currently serving a prison sentence after being convicted of murder in Georgia.

Legislation that would remove Texas judges from the straight-ticket voting process garnered a mostly cool reception Tuesday at a Texas House committee hearing, as both Democrats and Republicans said that tinkering with the ballot turns off voters.
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A West Tawakoni man, accused of attacking firefighters trying to save his house last month, spent Christmas in the custody of the Hunt County Jail. William Alton Easterling, may be out by New Year’s Day however, after a judge agreed Thursday to reduce his bonds on charges of aggravated assault against a public servant.

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With the start of the new year also comes the start of new terms for several Hunt County officials. A swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. January 1 in the courtroom of 196th District Court Judge Steve Tittle, on the third floor of the Hunt County Courthouse.

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An attorney has been appointed for a Hunt County man charged with trying to run over firefighters.

A state district judge has approved a second-round of DNA testing on evidence from a 2005 double homicide near Royse City.

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A third local resident has been indicted on multiple charges of child endangerment for allegedly exposing small children to a variety of illegal drugs.

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A Royse City woman has been sentenced to being part of a truck theft ring operating in the area. Gricel Grijalva of Royse city entered an open guilty plea last month to one county of engaging  in organized criminal activity.