Houston Co. grand jury indicts suspect in New Year's Eve shooting

Shevin Wells (Source: Houston County Jail)
Shevin Wells (Source: Houston County Jail)
Demetrius Jones (Source: Houston County Jail)
Demetrius Jones (Source: Houston County Jail)
Laguisha McDaniel (Source: Houston County Jail)
Laguisha McDaniel (Source: Houston County Jail)

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A Houston County grand jury indicted a 27-year-old Crockett man on April 23 for a shooting injury that was originally reported as an accident involving a celebratory New Year's Eve gunshot.

Shevin Wells, 27, was among the 15 people indicted by the grand jury. He was indicted on a charge of first-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

On Jan. 1, the Houston County Sheriff's Office began investigating the incident, which occurred in the Burran Town community on County Road 1190, after Shane Rodgers, 40, was shot in the leg by another person around midnight that morning. The small-caliber gun was fired in what was described as celebratory gunfire to ring in the New Year, according to the press release.

According to an arrest affidavit, a HCSO investigator spoke to Rodgers at a Lufkin hospital. Although the gunshot victim was heavily sedated at the time, he was able to say that he got into an argument with Wells and at some point, Wells went into the house, got a .22-caliber rifle, and began shooting at him.

When the investigator talked to Rodgers' wife, she said they were at her father-in-law's house celebrating the New Year. They were drinking beer and popping fireworks.

According to the affidavit, the wife said she went to the bathroom, and when she came out, she saw her husband and Wells arguing. She said she saw Wells come out of the house with a rifle, raise it to his hip, and fire three shots in Rodgers' direction. One of the shots struck Rodgers in the leg.

Another of the people indicted by the Houston County grand jury was Demetrius Jones, who was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly grabbed a brick and hit his brother-in-law in the face and on the head in late January.

A spokesperson for the Crockett Police Department said an argument started after Jones' brother and his brother's wife went to his mother-in-law's house. During the course of the argument, Jones grabbed a brick and bashed his brother-in-law in the face and head.

The brother was transported to East Texas Medical Center Crockett for treatment of his injuries.

Laguisha Lashey McDaniel, 33, of Crockett, was indicted on a felony injury to a child charge in connection to an incident in which she allegedly punched and slapped her 12-year-old son on Feb. 10. She was arrested on March 1 and released on March 3 after she posted a bail of $15,000.

According to Detective Jerrod Vickers of the Crockett Police Department, officers with his department were called out to Crockett Junior High to meet with Child Protective Services and a 12-year-old boy.

During the interview, the boy allegedly told the Crockett PD officers and CPS worker that his mother had punched him in the cheek and then slapped him. Vickers said the boy had bruises on the side of his face.

When Crockett PD detectives interviewed McDaniel, she allegedly admitted to the incident. McDaniel was arrested without incident a short time after Crockett PD detectives obtained an arrest warrant.

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