Wells police chief clarifies possible charges in assault

WELLS, TX (KTRE) - Wells Police Chief Barry Starnes said nobody will be seeking murder charges in the Oct. 13 death of a Wells man.

A previous report attributed Starnes with saying murder charges could be filed against Daniel Redd, 23, of Wells, who was allegedly involved in an altercation with Jerry Hadaway, 55, of Wells, on Aug. 22.

Hadaway died nearly two months later.

Tuesday, Starnes said murder charges will not be filed against Redd. He said he is waiting for an autopsy on Hadaway's death, which will be sent to the Cherokee County District Attorney's Office, who will present it to a grand jury.

According to Wells Police Chief Barry Starnes, Hadaway suffered head injuries in the fight. Starnes said he refused medical attention and would not file criminal charges. Starnes said a week after the altercation, Hadaway's condition took a turn for the worse. An ambulance was called to his home, but still he refused medical treatment. A day later, Hadaway checked himself into a hospital.

It appeared Hadaway's condition was improving, so he left the hospital. Hadaway then went to a rehabilition center. Hadaway died the morning of Oct. 13.