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June 28, 2013

Grand jury issues dozens of sealed indictments

GREENVILLE — The currrent Hunt County grand jury wrapped up its current six-month term today, by issuing a total of 76 indictments for consideration by the 196th District Court.

But it may be a while before the nature of most of the charges are revealed, as the panel issued 43 of the indictments sealed.

A 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.

In other words, the subjects of the 43 sealed indictments issued today have either not been arrested on the charge listed in the indictment, and/or there are additional charges pending in cases where the individual(s) have been arrested and arraigned.

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