LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County grand jury has indicted a 39-year-old man on a first-degree murder charge in connection to allegations that he shot and killed a man at the Lotus Lane Apartments back in early September.
Warren Ernest Lewis is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a first-degree murder charge. His bail amount has been set at $200,000.
According to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained Wednesday, Lufkin PD officers responded to reports of shots fired at the Lotus Lane Apartments, which are located in the 3300 block of Lotus Lane at about 10:47 p.m. Sunday night.
When the LPD officers arrived on the scene, they found Billy Carter lying in the parking lot. He was bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds, the affidavit stated.
Carter was transported by ambulance to CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial Hospital in Lufkin, where he later died as a result of his injuries.
One of the responding Lufkin PD officers spoke to three people that said they witnessed the shooting incident. All three of them told the officer that Lewis was the one who shot Carter, the affidavit stated.
While the Lufkin PD officer was interviewing the witnesses, the dispatcher told him that Lewis was at the Angelina County Jail trying to turn himself in to authorities.
A Lufkin PD sergeant interviewed Lewis, and he admitted to shooting Carter because "he had grown tired of Carter talking s--- about him," the affidavit stated.
Based on information Lewis provided to the Lufkin Police Department, an LPD detective was able to recover the pistol believed to have been used in the shooting incident, the affidavit.
Two suspects in a brutal beating that occurred on B.W. Horton Road on Sept. 15 were also among the 42 people who were indicted by the Angelina County grand jury.
Perfecto Max Gonzalez, 30, and Abram Quiroz, 21, both of Lufkin, were each indicted on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. Each man's bail amount was set at $50,000 for the aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge.
Gonzalez and Quiroz are both still being held in the Angelina County Jail.
Gonzalez was also charged with parole violation and possession of drug paraphernalia. Quiroz was also charged with a felony judgment for possession of a controlled substance and a capias pro fine failure to appear warrant for unlawfully carrying a weapon.
During the alleged assault, the two men, who were armed with a gun and a knife at the time, beat up a man and knocked him unconscious.
According to the arrest affidavit, an ACSO detective was dispatched out to the emergency room of CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial Hospital on Sept. 15 to talk to an assault victim. The victim told the ACSO detective that he had been assaulted by two men he identified as "Guero" earlier that day. The two men were later identified as Gonzalez and Quiroz.
On the morning of Sept. 15, the alleged victim, Quiroz, Gonzalez, and two other people go into a black Ford Mustang and left the Sun-N-Pines motel, the affidavit stated. They went to the victim's parents' house in the 4200 block of FM 844 in Huntington.
Four of the people got out of the car, and the alleged victim showed them two cars parked by his parents' house and told them that they were for sale, the affidavit stated.
"For an unknown reason, Gonzalez and Quiroz became extremely upset at [the victim] and demanded he get back into their car with them," the affidavit stated. "They all entered the car and left."
Gonzalez drove them down B.W. Horton Road, and after he stopped, he told the victim to get out of the car, the affidavit stated. Gonzalez was allegedly holding a gun, and Quiroz allegedly had a fixed-blade knife.
According to the affidavit, Gonzalez and Quiroz then began assaulting the victim by punching him in the face. He told the ACSO detective that he was knocked unconscious at one point, and he woke up to the two men continuing the assault, the affidavit stated.
The two men allegedly left the victim on the side of the road and drove off after the assault.
The Angelina County grand jury also indicted James Leigh Williams, 37, of Lufkin, on a continuous sexual assault of a child charge. The grand jury set his bail amount at $150,000.
Williams is accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl multiple times earlier this year.
According to the arrest affidavit, the 11-year-old alleged victim was interviewed at Harold's House by a forensic interviewer after she made an outcry at school. The girl allegedly told the interviewer that Williams "did things to her."
The alleged victim told the interviewer that Williams removed her clothes and molested her about a month ago, the affidavit stated. Then about two or three weeks later, Williams allegedly molested the girl again and took her phone.
The girl told the forensic interviewer that Williams came back into the room and hid her face with bed covers before her sexually assaulted her again, the affidavit stated.
After the forensic interview, a SANE exam was performed on the 11-year-old girl. The SANE nurse found evidence of physical trauma that was consistent with the girl's allegations that she had been molested numerous times.