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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.