Man accused of shooting man during argument found guilty of murder, aggravated assault

Published: Jul. 31, 2018 at 7:01 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2018 at 11:30 PM CDT
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TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The second day of a murder trial involving a Groveton man began Tuesday, with witness testimonies from the prosecuting side.

UPDATE: A verdict was reached on Wednesday evening. Laymond Blanton was found guilty of murder and aggravated assault, but not guilty of deadly conduct, according to Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace. 


According to the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, Laymond Blanton, 74, of Groveton 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.

Benny Schiro, the prosecuting attorney, called multiple witnesses, including a school bus driver who witnessed the shooting.

The school bus driver, referenced as Ms.Sanders, testified that she drove up to the shooting with Blanton, Feller, and Shelton. She also testified that she had a friendly relationship with Feller's wife and son.

During cross-examination, Jack Carroll, the defense attorney, asked Sanders if she wished harm on Blanton for what he did to Feller.

"Not the way he hurt," Sanders said. "I think he should be punished for what he did."

Sanders testimony also stated that Blanton's first shot was aimed at Shelton, but missed and hit a tree.

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Forensic pathologist, Dr. John Wayne testified next and spoke about Feller's autopsy. He confirmed that a gunshot was Feller's cause of death.

Laura Riddle was called by the prosecution next. Riddle testified that she lived in the Harbor Point area at the time of the shooting. She added that she and her husband were riding their golf cart when they came upon Blanton, Feller, and Shelton.

According to her testimony, Riddle saw Feller move in between Shelton and Blanton after the first shot.

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