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March 11, 2014

Trial set next month in 2011 two-county chase

GREENVILLE — A Caddo Mills man has trial scheduled next month on multiple indictments, filed in connection with a chase between Greenville and Terrell three years ago, which ended with the defendant being shot by law enforcement.

Stephen Ray Capps entered pleas of not guilty February 13 to several charges filed in connection with the incident which occurred on Valentine’s Day 2011.

Capps is facing one count each of aggravated assault against a public servant with a deadly weapon, endangering a child, evading arrest with a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a child passenger.

Capps was scheduled to plead guilty to all counts during a hearing Monday in the 354th District Court.

However, Judge Richard A. Beacom instead set a jury trial in the case for April 21.

Capps remained in custody in the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond Monday evening.

The Hunt County grand jury returned the indictments in October 2011. Capps, 38, was returned from state prison for the resolution of the cases.

Capps led officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) on a high speed chase between Greenville and Terrell. A small child strapped in a booster seat in the back of the Nissan sedan Capps was driving during the pursuit was slightly hurt.

The chase began about 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 14. 2011 when a DPS trooper clocked Capps’ car speeding on Interstate 30 near Greenville. Capps allegedly refused to stop and led the pursuit south from Hunt County into Kaufman County, where the motorist drove toward troopers while trying to evade a roadblock on Farm Road 986 near Terrell.

Troopers opened fire on the car, hitting Capps twice in the abdomen.

The aggravated assault against a public servant charge is a first degree felony, carrying a maximum sentence upon conviction of  from five to 99 years to life in prison.

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