The Navarro County Grand Jury returned 47 indictments Thursday, out of 49 cases presented, according to District Attorney Lowell Thompson.
Ten of the indictments were for Joseph Ray Melton, a Tarrant County man, who was living in Corsicana in 2011. He was indicted on ten counts of possession of child pornography, according to Thompson.
“This stemmed from an investigation where the police were contacted by someone who lived in the same residence as Melton’s estranged wife and ex-girlfriend, two different people,” Thompson explained. “They ran a search warrant and found what’s alleged to be child pornography on his computers.”
In addition to the Melton case, the grand jury also indicted Adrian Guido Lopez, who was charged with robbery in connection with a strong-arm robbery in February. In that case, the man is alleged to have entered the Valero convenience store, taken a 30-pack of Budweiser beer, threatened a clerk who tried to stop them, and fled.
An indictment is a finding that there is enough evidence to proceed to a trial, but does not declare anyone guilty or innocent. According to Thompson, the following individuals were also indicted Thursday on these charges:
• Daniel Wayne Adams, evading arrest with a vehicle, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon;
• Pablo Alonzo, assault, family violence;
• Steve Earl Baldwin, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon;
• Billy Ray Barber, DWI, third or subsequent;
• McTear Tomei Blelai, aggravated assault;
• Rico D. Bradley, assault, family violence, blocked airway;
• Bruce Anthony Brown, Jr., two counts of forgery;
• Daldrich Obien Costello, assault, family violence;
• Kenneth Wayne Cureton, Jr., possession of a controlled substance under one gram and forgery;
• Jeffrey C. Cyrus, aggravated assault;
• Stephen Leonard Dhein, aggravated assault on a public servant;
• Jontorious Devoll Gales, forgery;
• Rigoberto Gonzalez, Jr., tampering with physical evidence;
• George Wesley Hardin, DWI, third or subsequent;
• Micah B. Jackson, Jr., evading arrest with a vehicle;
• Otis Ray Jackson, Jr., possession of a controlled substance greater than one gram, less than four grams;
• Chris Juarez, sexual assault;
• Christopher Dwayne Lee, forgery;
• Adrian Guido Lopez, robbery;
• Curtis Tyrone McHenry, theft;
• Enrique Jose Medrano, assault family violence, airway blocked;
• Joseph Ray Melton, 10 counts, possession of child pornography;
• Jason Lynn Mesker, DWI, third or subsequent;
• Blake Dale Opry, assault family violence, airway blocked;
• Christopher Wadell Robinson, possession of marijuana, greater than four ounces, less than five pounds;
• Michael Jay Rochester, possession of a controlled substance greater than four grams, less than 200 grams;
• Rhonda Michelle Spillers, possession of a controlled substance greater than one gram, less than four grams;
• Robert James Southard, credit card abuse;
• Julius Leslie Stewart, Jr., criminal mischief;
• John Earl Thomas, burglary of a building;
• Michael John Tway, failure to comply with registration requirements;
• Samuel Varner, III, DWI, third or subsequent;
• J.W. Raidor Williams, aggravated assault;
• Cedric Jerome Willis, assault, family violence;
• Angela Kizer, endangering a child.
Ten indictments for possession of child pornography
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