NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches man man who escalated a feud over a woman by using a shotgun to wound his rival in a drive-by shooting incident in May of 2016 accepted a plea bargain deal of three years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison.
William Jay Hyde, 26, appeared in Judge Edwin Klein's 420th Judicial District Courtroom for a plea bargain hearing on Feb. 3. As part of the plea deal, Hyde pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge.
When Hyde was arrested, he was also charged with Class C misdemeanor public intoxication.
According to a press release NCSO deputies were dispatched out to County Road 971 in reference to a shooting at about 1:37 a.m. on May 25, 2016. When the deputies arrived on the scene, they found a man with a gunshot wound outside the residence.
The man was taken to the Nacogdoches Medical Center.
"Deputies along with Nacogdoches County Sheriff Investigators began an investigation into the matter, and a suspect was quickly identified," the press release stated. "The suspect was later located at a residence in the Cushing area."
Investigators found the shotgun that was allegedly used in the crime hidden in the woods near the Cushing home.
Hyde was initially arrested on an outstanding warrant for public intoxication and taken to the sheriff's office.
Further investigation revealed that Hyde and the owner of the home on CR 971 had been in an ongoing feud over a woman. Hyde drove by the house on CR 917 several times Wednesday and got into an argument with the owner.
According to the press release, the homeowner got in his vehicle, chased Hyde down, and rear-ended Hyde after he slammed on his brakes. At that point, the home owner left the scene and didn't return home.
Hyde returned to the home on County Road 917 later. This time, he allegedly had a shotgun with him, and he fired several shots at the residence. One of the rounds struck the victim, who was standing in his backyard at the time, the press release stated.
After NCSO investigators interviewed Hyde, they also charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the county jail.
The victim is undergoing surgery for his wounds, the press release stated.