A man who allegedly used a machete in an aggravated assault has filed a writ of habeas corpus, seeking the appointment of an attorney in the case.
Charles Trent Parrish, 43, of Commerce remained in the Hunt County Detention Center Monday evening, being held in lieu of $150,000 bond. A hearing on the writ is scheduled Thursday in the 196th District Court.
Parrish pleaded guilty and was sentenced to prison in 2005 on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping involving the hold-up of a Commerce convenience store in October 2003.
Parrish was wanted by area authorities for last week’s alleged machete attack and was arrested by Commerce Police officers Saturday afternoon.
Parrish was charged with aggravated assault after the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office alleged that he assaulted someone with a “large knife, possibly a machete” at a residence in the 2700 block of U.S. Highway 69 South on Thursday.
On Saturday, a statement from the City of Commerce indicated officers with the Commerce Police Department had arrested Parrish within the city limits.
The statement said that CPD officers went to a home on Monroe Street in Commerce based on an anonymous tip to Hunt County Crime Stoppers. The city says that Parrish was found inside the residence and was arrested without incident. The statement also said that officers located a machete that was believed to be used in an assault.
The condition of the victim was unknown as of Monday evening.
In August 2004, Parrish received one indictment each for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and aggravated kidnapping.
Parrish was alleged in the indictments to have used a knife to hold up the New Way store in Commerce on Oct. 4, 2003, while using one person as a hostage and shield.
Parrish agreed to enter open pleas to both charges, meaning there was no prior agreement as to the potential sentence Parrish could receive if found guilty by the court.
Both charges are first degree felonies, punishable by a maximum sentence upon conviction of from five to 99 years to life in prison.
In March 2005, Parrish was sentenced to 20 years in prison on both counts, with the sentences to run concurrently. Due to a deadly weapon finding, Parrish would have had to spend a minimum of 10 years in prison before he could be considered for parole.
As of Monday evening, there was no indication from court records as to when Parrish was released from custody.