Child Cruelty Tops Indictments

The September, 2019, Jeff Davis County Grand Jury met Jan. 17 and returned the following true bill indictments:
Austin Paul Willis was indicted on two charges of cruelty to children in the first degree, two charges of cruelty to children in the second degree, and a charge of aggravated battery-family violence.
In the two counts of first degree cruelty, Willis is accused of causing a child cruel and excessive physical pain on March 1, 2019, by squeezing and shaking the child causing a fractured rib and intracranial subdural hematoma; and on March 12, 2019, causing the child to suffer cruel and excessive physical pain by shaking him, causing intracranial subdural hematoma, bilateral retinal hemorrhage and severe traumatic brain injury.
In the two counts of second degree cruelty, Willis is accused of the same two violations.
In the aggravated battery-family violence charge, Willis is charged with, on March 12, 2019, maliciously causing body harm to the child by rendering his eyes useless by shaking the child causing bilateral retinal hemorrhage.
Reuben Alexander Conley and Kenderick Alexander Conley were indicted on charges of trafficking in ecstasy, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. The jury no-billed a third defendant. The Conleys are accused of, on Nov. 22, 2019, possessing 28 grams or more of ecstasy, marijuana and a 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun within arm’s reach.
Lester Kyle Johnson was indicted on a charge of obstruction of an officer. He is charged with offering to do violence to a law enforcement officer by pulling a knife from his pocket.
Christina Veronda Alexander, Richard Young and Naiyah Nicole Williams were named in an indictment with two charges of trafficking methamphetamine. Alexander and Young were named in one count and Williams was named in the second count, all having occurred Dec. 28, 2019.
Najee Landon Harris was charged with trafficking in ecstasy, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, driving while license suspended, speeding and reckless driving. He is accused of, on Dec. 19, 2019, possession 28 grams or more of ecstasy, cocaine and marijuana and driving in excess of 20 mph over the speed limit on the Lumber City Highway to elude a State Patrol Officer’s vehicle. At the time his driver’s license had been suspended. The speeding charge alleges he was driving at a speed of 100 mph on the Lumber City Highway where the speed limit is 55 and the reckless driving charge alleges he was speeding while weaving in and out of traffic on the Lumber City Highway.
Crystal Michelle Hall and Jason Alan Thornton were named in a three count indictment. Both were charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, and Thornton was charged with possession of a Schedule III controlled substance. Both defendants are accused of, on Dec. 31, 2019, possessing methamphetamine and hydrocodone, and Thornton is accused of possessing suboxone.

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