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October 6, 2012

Court slated to hear appeal in 2009 shooting

A state appeals court is scheduled next week to consider the case of a Greenville man, found guilty earlier this year on a charge of aggravated assault in connection with a 2009 shooting.

The Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana is scheduled to receive briefs Monday in the case of Ronnie Charles Baylor Jr., who was sentenced to prison following a January trial in the 354th District Court. A jury in the court found Baylor guilty following a two-day trial, and then sentenced him to 15 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division.

Greenville Police Department officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of Edgar on the morning of April 30, 2009 where they found a man who had been shot in the knee. A witness said he had observed Baylor, the victim and another man walk to the back of the residence before hearing a gunshot.

The victim and the third man were then observed running to the front of the home, followed by Baylor. Officers said they found a 9 mm shell at the scene of the shooting, and recovered a 9 mm handgun from on top of the refrigerator of Baylor’s home next door.

Aggravated assault is a second 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. Because a deadly weapon was found to have been used during the commission of the offense, Baylor will have to serve half the sentence before being eligible to be considered for parole.

The Sixth Court of Appeals, through its three justices — Chief Justice Josh Morriss of Texarkana, Justice Jack Carter of Texarkana and Justice Bailey Moseley of Marshall — decides civil and criminal appeals arising primarily in its 19 county district, which includes most of northeast Texas, including Hunt County.

Of cases appealed from trial courts to the fourteen Texas Courts of Appeal, more than 95 percent become final at the Court-of-Appeals level because they are not accepted by either the Texas Supreme Court or the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin, the state courts of last resort for civil and criminal cases, respectively.

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