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June 17, 2014

Trial starting in aggravated assault case

GREENVILLE — A Commerce man is facing trial this week in connection with an alleged armed assault at a Commerce residence.

Lee Clinton Hobdy is being held in the Hunt County Jail in lieu of a total of $65,000 bond on one count each of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, in connection with the incident in October of last year.

Opening arguments and the start of testimony are scheduled today in the 354th District Court. A jury was chosen Monday.

Hobdy has pleaded not guilty.

According to a report from the Commerce Police Department, witnesses said Hobdy broke into a residence in the 400 block of North Neal Street early on the morning of October 1.

Hobdy, 35, who has listed addresses in Commerce and Mesquite in court records, was alleged to have threatened three victims with a handgun, pointing the weapon at two of the victim’s heads, before making off with a Pit Bull puppy.

Hobdy was arrested and booked into the jail the next day.

Aggravated assault is a first degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from two to 20 years in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000. The firearms charge carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

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