Murder trial set for Groveton man granted reprieve after mistrial

Murder trial set for Groveton man granted reprieve after mistrial

TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - A new trial for a Groveton man previously found guilty of murder is "very tentatively" set for December.

Trinity County District Attorney Bennie Schiro said Judge Kaycee Jones is hoping to schedule an earlier date but for now it's set for December.

A jury found Laymond Blanton, 76,  guilty of murder on Aug. 1. However, Jones declared a mistrial a day later during sentencing testimony when it was discovered a juror communicated about the trial outside the courtroom.

According to the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, Blanton is accused of shooting and killing Jacob Feller during a verbal argument. The report stated that Feller and another man, Nathan Shelton, drove their motorcycles to Blanton's house and got into an argument with Blanton.

The Texas Rangers and TCSO investigation included Blanton's claim that he shot Feller because he felt threatened.

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