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Cousin indicted for hiding murder suspect

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Boyd woman accused of helping her cousin wanted for murder elude police last year has been indicted by a Wise County grand jury.

Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor, 49, was indicted for hindering apprehension or prosecution of a known felon in connection with the murder case against her cousin, Garland Allen, who was arrested Dec. 2 near Boyd.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Allen was with Taylor when she was contacted by a sheriff’s investigator and told to return home. Before returning home, she dropped Allen off in a rural location between Newark and Boyd. Taylor told investigators she knew Allen was wanted for murder, according to the affidavit.

Allen was soon located and arrested. Two days after his arrest, he led investigators to a wooded area at the Tom Steed Reservoir near Altus, Okla., where he had buried the body of his ex-wife, Tracy Lynn Allen, in May of 2001.

Allen remains in jail in Jackson County, Okla., awaiting trial.

Hindering apprehension or prosecution of a known felon is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison.

The grand jury returned 69 indictments during their March 27 meeting. Other felony indictments include:

Esteban Castruita, driving while intoxicated third or more

Corey John Shores, theft $1,500-$20,000

Pierre Richard Pickard, driving while intoxicated third or more

Brandi B. Campbell, burglary of a habitation

Frank Elwood Empey, theft of material aluminum/bronze/copper/brass

Donovan Michael Smith, burglary of a habitation

Adam Douglas Wolf, burglary of a habitation

Marvin Arien Alvarez, burglary of a building

Roman Dewayne Nutter, driving while intoxicated third or more

Allen Wayne Dority, driving while intoxicated third or more

Dennis Ray Kerr, theft of property $20,000-$100,000

Stephen Adam Barrow, theft of property $20,000-$100,000

Andrea Mae Yarbrough, burglary of a habitation

Stephen Paul Graybill, take certain wildlife resources without consent

Tena Marie Cage, theft of property less than $1,500 with two or more previous convictions

Michael Ardell Painton, driving while intoxicated third or more

David Nickolas Armstrong, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, 1-4 grams

Jose Luis Barboza Jr., assault family/household member with previous conviction

Justin Philip Genova, aggravated assault causes serious bodily injury (one count); aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (one count)

Thomas Gorie Baldree Jr., aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (one count); assault family/household member impede breath/circulation (one count); injury to a child with intent to cause bodily injury (one count); and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

Billy Gene Lock, sexual assault (one count); prohibited sexual conduct (one count)

Melissa Allen Dovers, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, less than 1 gram

Clinton Norman Johnson, theft of property $1,500-$20,000 (one count); possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, less than 1 gram (one count)

Collin Lee Aeling, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, 4-200 grams

Melanie Mills Brown, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, 1-4 grams

Donald Gene Walton, firearm smuggling three or more firearms

Brian Jamar Sedberry, possession of marijuana 5-50 pounds

Shirley Jean Johnson, possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, 1-4 grams conspired

Brent Michael McBride, possession of a controlled substance – Psilocin, 1-4 grams (one count); possession of a controlled substance – 4-chloro-2.5-dimethoxyamphetamine (DOC) (one count); possession of a controlled substance – hydrocodone, 28-200 grams (one count)

Nathan Douglas McGrady, assault family/household member impede breath/circulation

Max Hoyt Rich, sexual abuse of a child continuous victim under 14 (one count); indecency with a child sexual contact (one count)

Joel Banderas, abandon endanger child criminal negligence (six counts); injury to a child with intent to cause bodily injury (two counts)

Aydee Claudia Rivera Sanchez, abandon endanger child criminal negligence (six counts); injury to a child with intent to cause bodily injury (two counts)

David Nickolas Armstrong, evading arrest/detention with vehicle

Garrett G. Gregory, deadly conduct discharge firearm

Robert Lee Vidal, theft of property $1,500-$20,000 (one count); credit card or debit card abuse (one count) (See related story in this issue.)

Tamara Gail Bothwell, manufacture/deliver controlled substance – hydrocodone, less than 28 grams

Hollis Glenn Belcher, sexual abuse of a child continuous victim under 14 (one count); indecency with a child sexual contact (three counts)

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