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June 23, 2014

Current grand jury to end term this week

GREENVILLE — The current edition of the Hunt County grand jury is scheduled to wrap up its term this week, although before it does it may consider whether or not to issue indictments in two recent shooting deaths.

The panel convenes Friday for the final session of the six month term, during which local prosecutors have been presenting evidence in felony cases for consideration by the 196th District Court. The grand jury has issued 272 indictments so far.

A new grand jury will be seated in July to begin a six-month term of considering cases for the 354th District Court.

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.

— Joshua Madison Newkirk has been charged with one count of murder in connection with the death of Joshua Gerber. Gerber’s February 14 death was the first murder reported inside the Caddo Mills city limits in several years. According to a report from the Caddo Mills Police Department, Newkirk allegedly shot Gerber three times with a .25 caliber pistol following an altercation at a residence on Farr Street in Caddo Mills. It was the first murder reported in Hunt County this year.

— Carl Allen Welch was charged with one count of murder in connection with the death of Terry R. Cale.

Cale was reported to have been shot multiple times outside of a residence on Archer Lane late on the night of May 16.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks has said the shooting appeared to have been the result of a domestic disturbance earlier in the evening. Deputies arrived at the location to find Cale deceased in the front yard of the residence. Upon further investigation, deputies reportedly discovered a disturbance had taken place about one hour earlier between Cale and Welch at a residence on Nob Hill west of Quinlan.

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