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August 1, 2013

Trial date set in sexual assault case

GREENVILLE — A trial date has been set later this month for a local man, on charges he allegedly sexually assaulted a Greenville teenager who later was found murdered.

The attorney for Terry Dwayne Ramsire had sought to suppress statements Ramsire allegedly made to law enforcement officials last year due to questions over Ramsire’s mental competency.

During a March 15 hearing in the 354th District Court, Judge Richard A Beacom  issued an agreed judgment as to Ramsire’s incompetency and ordered him committed to a mental health facility, “for future examination and treatment toward specific objective of the Defendant attaining competency to stand trial.”

The judgment indicated that neither the prosecution nor the defense had sought a trial to determine competency and did not oppose the ruling.

Ramsire was returned to the custody of the Hunt County Jail July 16 and during a Wednesday morning hearing Beacom scheduled a tentative trial date of August 23 for Ramsire on three indictments.

Ramsire, 50, received two indictments from the Hunt County grand jury in September 2012; one for aggravated sexual assault of a child and another for indecency with a child by sexual contact, alleging he sexually assaulted Alicia Chanta Moore on multiple occasions during July 2012.

A third indictment alleges Ramsire sexually assaulted a “Jane Doe” victim of less than 17 years of age on multiple occasions between Dec. 31, 2010 and July 4, 2009. Ramsire has pleaded not guilty.

Ramsire was arrested on the charges on Aug. 23, 2012 and had remained in custody since that time.

Defense attorney Carol Day Gustin argued the statements Ramsire made to an investigator with the Greenville Police Department following his arrest should be suppressed as evidence.

“Specifically, Terry Ramsire has limited intelligence, a mental defect and/or mental illness that was significant enough to prevent him from understanding his warnings and his rights, thus rendering his confession inadmissable,” Gustin said.

Moore, 16, was last seen on the afternoon of Nov. 2, 2012 getting off of a school bus at the intersection of Bourland and Walnut Streets in Greenville, a short distance from her home. Her body was found  four days later along FM 47 in Van Zandt County.

A Van Zandt County grand jury Tuesday indicted Michael Vincent Moore of Grand Prairie on one count of capital murder in connection with the death of Alicia Moore.

 

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