Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon Dismissed by Grand Jury

A Floydada couple were accused of assaulting a cashier at Allsup’s in Idalou during New Year Eve’s Weekend.

Each were charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, a second degree felony in Texas. The maximum penalty is 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

In Texas, a grand jury is required to indict criminal defendants of felony charges. Similar to a criminal trial, a grand jury includes a panel of local citizens. Chuck Lanehart represented the couple and prepared a packet of evidence that corroborated the couple’s story. In addition, a recording from the convenience store’s surveillance cameras showed the couple acted in self-defense.

Lanehart was pleased to see the Lubbock Grand Jury found no probable cause for arrest, issuing a “No Bill”. As a result, this grand jury decision is equivalent to dismissing all charges. The couple will soon be able to file a petition for expunction and clear their criminal record and arrest history.

“This is a tragic story, and an example of how good people can be wrongfully accused of crimes they are not guilty of because of sloppy police work,” Lanehart told the Record.

Learn more about the altercation and see video evidence between the couple and cashier.

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