Pretrial hearing

A hearing is scheduled today, ahead of a retrial in connection with a shooting death in the south part of Hunt County more than five years ago.

A hearing is scheduled today, ahead of a retrial in connection with a shooting death in the south part of Hunt County more than five years ago.

The pretrial hearing is set in the 196th District Court this morning in the case of Carl Allen Welch, who has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder involving the 2014 death of Terry R. Cale of Wills Point.

A jury had been selected and pending arguments and the start of testimony were planned in late August. But the proceedings were halted and a mistrial in the case was announced.

Prosecutors, defense attorney Katherine Ferguson and Judge Andrew Bench have not commented on the reasons for the mistrial.

Bench reset the trial for Dec. 17.

The trial had been scheduled to begin in June, even after Bench decided in May against any additional delays in the proceedings, before allowing a continuance.

Welch was indicted by a Hunt County grand jury in October 2017 in connection with Cale’s death.

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Rangers conducted the investigation into the homicide.

Cale, 54, was reported to have been shot multiple times outside of a residence on Archer Lane in far south Hunt County late on the night of May 16, 2014. Sheriff Randy Meeks has said the shooting appeared to have been the result of a domestic disturbance earlier in the evening.

Welch was taken into custody after Cale’s death, was charged with one count of murder and was released on $75,000 bond.

Murder is a first degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of from five to 99 years to life in prison.

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