LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - When an Angelina County grand jury met earlier this month, they chose to "no bill" a Lufkin man who was arrested on a felony criminal mischief charge in April of 2014 after he allegedly slammed on his brakes and caused the motorist behind him to rear end his vehicle.
A no-bill ruling by a grand jury means that its members felt like, based on the available evidence, there was no need to take the case to the next step - a jury trial or a plea-bargain hearing.
Kory Nicholas Otteson, 36, was originally charged with two felonies - aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief between $1,500 and $20,000 when he was booked into the Angelina County Jail on April 7, 2014. He posted a collective bail amount of $12,500 and was released from the jail on April 9.
According to the arrest affidavit, the incident in question occurred on April 6. An LPD officer spoke to the complainant about damage that occurred to his vehicle because of a "deliberate act." The man said he was driving down Sunset Street in a white 2004 Dodge pickup when a black Cadillac Escalade pulled in front of him.
The driver of the Escalade, who was later identified as Otteson slammed on his brakes and came to a sudden stop, causing the Dodge pickup to crash into the rear of it. The complainant said there wasn't enough reaction time to allow him to avoid the accident.
While on the scene, the officer noticed extensive damage to the front end of the complainant's pickup. The affidavit stated that the cost of repairs to the truck have been estimated at $6,000 or more.
Investigating further, the officer talked to three different witnesses. Two of them were sitting in their vehicle talking when the accident occurred. They said they saw the driver of the Escalade intentionally slam on his brakes, causing the Dodge pickup to slam into him.
In addition, the two witnesses told the LPD officer that they saw Otteson get out of his vehicles and make comments to the occupants of the pickup. They said he said something like, "I got you, Mexicans. You are going to pay me a lot of money for this."
The Angelina County grand jury also no billed Celis Marie Malone, 54, of Lufkin. Malone was arrested and charged with third-degree felony injury to the elderly in December of 2014 in connection to allegations that she took her 76-year-old mother's cane and hit her with it, causing minor injuries.
According to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrest report, Malone had allegedly gotten into an argument with her mother over coffee. The report stated that after she hit her mother with the cane, she threw her to the floor and kicked her.