By BRAD KELLAR
The Hunt County grand jury is set to meet again this week, one week earlier than usual, and may consider issuing indictments in connection with an officer-involved shooting during a narcotics raid.
Local prosecutors intend to present evidence Friday in felony cases for consideration by the 354th District Court. The panel is set to meet at the Hunt County Courthouse, with the indictments to be issued no earlier than Friday evening.
The grand jury usually meets during the fourth Friday of each month, but is meeting this week in order to avoid a conflict with the Thanksgiving holiday.
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.
One of the recent cases involves a shooting during a narcotics raid in August:
— Cory Parker of Quinlan, was wounded during an early morning narcotics raid by the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office.
Parker has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant and one count of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance of more than one but less than 200 grams. The sheriff’s office SWAT team served a narcotics search warrant at a home Private Road 3837 off of North Shore road at around 5:30 a.m. August 2. Parker was alleged to have pulled a shotgun on the officers, who fired and wounded Parker.