By BRAD KELLAR
The current session of the Hunt County grand jury will meet again this week.
The panel is set to convene for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting Friday, as local prosecutors present evidence in felony cases for consideration by the 354th District Court.
The grand jury is halfway through its term, which runs through the end of the year, and has returned a total of 167 indictments during its first three monthly meetings.
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.