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2 indicted for theft, chase, damage to WCSO vehicles

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, May 4, 2013

Two men who led officers on a chase in which all the vehicles caught fire were indicted last week by a Wise County grand jury on charges of evading arrest with a vehicle and criminal mischief and theft, both $1,500 to $20,000.

David McMurry, 28, of Chico and Shannon Hood, 36, of Sunset are alleged to have stolen a trailer and welder from an oil lease on Farm Road 1655 Feb. 3. Sgts. Clint Caddell and Mike Neagle with the Wise County Sheriff’s office attempted to stop the duo, but they plowed through a fence in the 2000 block of County Road 1560 northeast of Chico.

The pickup, with the trailer bumping behind it, tore across a pasture, crashed into a culvert and caught fire. Hood and McMurry fled on foot, and the officers abandoned their vehicles to pursue the suspects.

During this time, the fire spread and burned the officers’ vehicles. Hood, who was detained but then escaped as Caddell attempted to put out the fire, was caught nearby a few hours later, hiding in the brush. McMurry was arrested that night hiding in a motel room in Tarrant County.

Caddell suffered second-degree burns to his arms and hands and first-degree burns on his face and head.

The criminal mischief indictments stem from the damage sustained by the police vehicles in the fire.

When McMurry was arrested, he was on probation for credit card or debit card abuse and theft of $1,500 to $20,000 on an unrelated case in Wise County. He had pleaded guilty last October to those charges in exchange for a two-year sentence in state jail, probated for four years, and was ordered to pay $3,772.95 in restitution.

Nine days after his arrest in February, the district attorney’s office filed a motion to revoke McMurry’s probation. That case is still pending in 271st District Court.

Both McMurry and Hood remain in Wise County Jail.

The Wise County grand jury met April 24 and also returned the following felony indictments:

  • Steven Kelly Wilson, assault family/household member with previous conviction
  • Rhonda Lynn Taliaferro, driving while intoxicated third or more
  • Jamyion Lamuire Sellers, injury to a child with intent to cause serious bodily injury
  • Brent Lee Bolin, abandon/endanger child criminal negligence (four counts)
  • Silver Dawn Smith, abandon/endanger child criminal negligence (four counts)
  • Stacie Renee Haynes, abandon/endanger child criminal negligence (four counts)
  • Johnny Earl Alexander, burglary of a habitation
  • Patrick Wayne Lee, sex offenders duty to register for life
  • Anthony Allen Arant, theft of property $1,500-$20,000
  • Jon Damon Aston, unauthorized use of a vehicle
  • Jon Damon Aston, criminal mischief $1,500-$20,000
  • Mark Jefferson Dahl, burglary of a building
  • Megan Nicole Newcomb, burglary of a building
  • William Edward Branco, theft of property $20,000-$100,000
  • Dustin Duran Martin, burglary of a building
  • Dustin Duran Martin, burglary of a building
  • Kolby Wayne Quinn, unauthorized use of a vehicle
  • William Franklin Stapp, evading arrest/detention with a vehicle
  • William Franklin Stapp, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon
  • William Franklin Stapp, unauthorized use of a vehicle
  • Joe Lynn Driver Jr., assault family/household member with previous conviction
  • Scott Eugene Warnell, forgery financial instrument

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