ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Lufkin man in connection to a severe beating of a man, allegedly in retaliation for a 2009 death.
Jason Lee Horne, 34, is charged with second-degree aggravated assault.
He is accused of the brutal beating of Daniel Redd, 26, of Lufkin, who is charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection to the 2009 beating death of Jerry Hadaway, 55.
According to an arrest affidavit, Inv. Donald Carroll began looking into the case on Aug. 7 at a Lufkin hospital. Carroll spoke with Redd's mother and friend, who said they were at a residence on PD Selman Road on Aug. 5 when they witnessed Horne assault Redd.
The affidavit states Horne was accusing Redd of beating his friend to death in 2009. The witness said Horne started punching Redd and Redd fell to the ground and hit his head on a brick. Horne then started kicking Redd in the stomach with his boots, the witness said.
Records show Redd received a blunt splenic injury with blood loss, which is considered a serious injury.
In an interview Wednesday, Carroll said Horne admitted to assaulting Redd, but he did it because he was angry that Redd had connected him to a burglary that he did not commit.
Carroll obtained a warrant for Horne's arrest on Aug. 9. He was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Tuesday, where he posted a $2,000 bond.
Redd is scheduled for jury selection in his case on Sept. 17.