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January 21, 2013

Grand jury to meet for first time in 2013

The latest edition of the Hunt County grand jury begins its service Friday, as local prosecutors are scheduled to present evidence in felony cases for consideration by the 196th District Court.

The current grand jury will begin a six-month term running through June, with hundreds of new indictments expected to be presented during the period.

A pending homicide investigation may be among the cases investigated by the panel during its term.

The specifics of the cases which are presented to the grand jury are kept confidential until such time as the panel decides whether or not to issue indictments.

The grand jury can either issue indictments — or “true bills” — or determine its investigation did not find sufficient evidence to issue an indictment, in which case a “no bill” is issued.

The indictments are issued open and made public, or are issued sealed if the subject named in the indictment has yet to be arrested and arraigned on the pending charge.

The previous grand jury, which served the 354th District Court, returned 389 indictments during its term between July and December of last year.

It is possible the grand jury may consider indictments in two recent cases.

— Myesha Simone Garcia, 20 of Commerce, remains in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond on one count of murder involving the November 28 death of Jamal Stanton, 20, of Greenville. Stanton died of a stab wound to the upper left torso. According to a report from the Commerce Police Department, Stanton was involved in an altercation at the Tarter Apartments in Commerce.

— William Alton Easterling, 70, of West Tawakoni, was charged with aggravated assault against a public servant, after he allegedly attacked personnel responding to a fire at his residence last month. Firefighters responded on the night of November 24 to a call of a structure fire at Easterling’s home on Ideal Circle in West Tawakoni. Easterling, 70, was arrested after he was accused of attempting to run over fire personnel that were attempting to bring the fire under control.

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