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April 22, 2013

Grand jury scheduled to meet

GREENVILLE — The latest edition of the Hunt County grand jury is scheduled to meet again Friday, as local prosecutors continue to present evidence in felony cases for consideration by the 196th District Court.

There is no word yet on how soon the panel may consider potential indictments involving the case of a former Hunt County constable, wounded in an alleged standoff with law enforcement following a chase into Hunt County on the night of February 16.

The current grand jury has completed half of its six-month term, which runs through June, and has returned 166 indictments so far.

The specifics of the cases which are presented to the grand jury are kept confidential until such time as the panel decides whether or not to issue indictments.

The 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.

Anthony Dewayne Lewis is in custody at the Rockwall County Detention Center. Lewis has been charged in Rockwall County with one count each of murder and aggravated assault, with $1 million bond on each charge, involving the shooting at The Harbor in Rockwall, during which Jessica Aguilar of Rockwall was killed and Francisco Delacruz of Dallas was wounded.

Lewis was Aguilar’s former boyfriend.

Lewis’ vehicle was spotted by law enforcement a short time later and a pursuit began, ending on the service road of westbound Interstate 30, near the Monty Stratton Parkway in Greenville. Lewis was reported by officers on the scene to have exited his vehicle and to have pointed a handgun at the officers, at which time he was shot.

A 9 mm handgun in Lewis’ possession was recovered at the scene.

The Rockwall shooting is under investigation by the Rockwall Police Department.

The Hunt County shooting is under investigation by the Texas Rangers, and will be considered by the Hunt County grand jury, although District Attorney Noble D. Walker Jr. said Friday he had not yet been presented the case by the Rangers, who also have been involved in the recent investigations connected to the shooting deaths of prosecutors in Kaufman County and the escape of two inmates from the Hopkins County Jail.

A new grand jury, which will serve the 354th District Court, will be seated in July for a six-month term to run through the end of 2013.

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