The man charged with shooting Corsicana-based highway patrol Trooper Matt McGinnis was arraigned Tuesday in Justice of the Peace Connie Mayfield’s court.

Danyell D. Daniels, 19, of Eldorado, Ark. is charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer in connection with an incident Friday night.

Mayfield set bond at $500,000. Daniels remained in the Navarro County Justice Center jail at press time.

Daniels told the court Tuesday that he is indigent with no fixed home address and that he had no one living with him. As an indigent defendant, the 13th Judicial Court of Navarro County will appoint an attorney to represent him.

Judge John Jackson is the presiding magistrate for the district court.

“Under the 2003 statute, (the defendant) makes that request through us and I’ll forward it to Judge Jackson,” Judge Mayfield said. “He will make that appointment within 72 hours.”

The 2003 statute regarding court-appointed defense counsel is the latest legislative change put in place to speed up the judicial process and to ensure an indigent defense’s right to counsel wasn’t abridged by delays.

Trooper McGinnis stopped Daniels for speeding and equipment violations about 9:45 p.m. Friday on Interstate 45 near the 227 mile post. According to highway patrol Sgt. Kenneth Authier, Daniels exited the vehicle as McGinnis approached and fired at the trooper, striking him in the right hand.

Daniels then fled on foot and evaded an all-night manhunt that included tracking dogs and helicopters. He was arrested Monday morning in Texas City after he stole a bicycle from a Denny’s restaurant there.

There has been no word if law enforcement has knowledge of how Daniels traveled between Navarro County and Texas City before he was arrested. The Daily Sun was unable to reach Texas Ranger Trace McDonald by press time.

The Rangers are in charge of the shooting investigation.

Next in the judicial process is presenting the results of that investigation to a Navarro County grand jury for indictment.

The present grand jury is expected to meet this week or next to consider cases, but it is unclear if the case against Daniels could be ready in time, making it more likely members of that panel will hear the preliminary information for that case during their December sitting at the earliest.


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