The current edition of the Hunt County grand jury is scheduled to meet Friday, to end its six-month term of issuing indictments for consideration by the 196th District Court.
The panel has had an exceptionally busy session, issuing 364 indictments during the past five months, including 92 in May alone.
In July, a new grand jury will be empaneled in order to begin investigating cases for potential consideration by the 354th District Court, for a six-month term running through December.
The grand jury can either issue indictments — or “true bills” — or determine an investigation did not find sufficient evidence to issue an indictment, in which case a “no bill” is issued.
The indictments are issued open, or are issued sealed if the subject named in the indictment has yet to be arrested and arraigned on the pending charge.
Although 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, there are two as yet unindicted homicide cases still awaiting the consideration of the grand jury, including:
— Noel Woods of Wills Point has been released on $200,000 bond in connection with the Christmas Eve shooting death of Alexander Bugg, 40, also of Wills Point.
Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said a shooting was reported to have occurred at around 11:16 a.m. Dec. 24, 2010 in the 9900 block of Torama Street, located in the Panorama subdivision at the south Hunt County line.
Meeks, Undersheriff Joe Knight and another deputy responded to find a white male lying in the roadway. Meeks said the deputy determined that the male had been shot and responding medical units determined Bugg was deceased.
Meeks said four other individuals on the scene were transported to the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office for questioning, where investigators determined the shooting had occurred after a verbal altercation between Bugg and two other men. Three of the individuals were later released. The fourth, Woods, was arrested and charged with murder.
— Sheen Michel Lytle remains in the Hunt County Jail in lieu of $350,000 bond on one count of murder in connection with the death of Mickey Duane Cupp Sr., the victim of the March 10 stabbing incident at a residence near Quinlan.
Lytle is accused of attacking Cupp at a residence on County Road 3511. According to a complaint from the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, Lytle was alleged to have told officers she stabbed Cupp in the head with a kitchen knife after the two had been involved in an argument earlier in the evening of March 10.
Deputies said Lytle appeared to be intoxicated and initially provided investigators with a false name. A knife believed to have been used in the assault was recovered at the scene.