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Court reschedules two trials




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Wilson County News
September 5, 2012 | 1,642 views | 2 comments

The Wilson County district court has rescheduled the trials of two Floresville-area men accused of committing violent acts, according to court records. Jury selection in both trials initially was scheduled to begin Aug. 27.

Instead, court records indicate that 50-year-old Steven Edward Cole and 28-year-old Bobby Schroeder are now due in court Sept. 5 for a docket call. Jury selection for their trials is scheduled for Sept. 24. However, at least one of the trials could be rescheduled if the parties in a different case are ready to proceed.

Schroeder, who is charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and burglary of a habitation with intent to commit aggravated robbery, for his alleged role in a March 15 incident in Floresville, could be assessed a similar sentence. Each of the charges was enhanced to a first-degree felony because of a 2007 conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Another aggravated robbery suspect scheduled for jury selection Sept. 24 is 29-year-old Jordan Robert Lewis of San Antonio. He is charged with aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated kidnapping, escape, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The charges stem from his alleged March 3 escape from the Wilson County Jail and a subsequent pursuit with area law-enforcement officers, wherein Lewis is said to have fled in a stolen vehicle.

Like Lewis, Cole’s charges also stem from an alleged encounter Jan. 15, 2011, with area law-enforcement officers. Cole is charged with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly exchanged gunfire with officers from the Floresville Police Department and Wilson County sheriff’s deputies outside his home near the corner of Lost Spring and Clear Spring drives north of Floresville. Two sheriff’s deputies were peppered with shotgun shells.

Assistant District Attorney Audrey Louis of the 81st Judicial District said Cole’s trial was delayed, because the court is waiting for a report on a psychiatric evaluation that was performed to determine his sanity. Cole’s case file indicates that an examination was performed March 26 because Cole’s attorney, Brandon Hudson, believes that “the defendant may not have been sane at the time of the offense in that the defendant appears incapable of understanding the proceedings against him.”

Meanwhile, Cole, who has claimed indigence, resides in an area nursing home, where he is recovering from a gunshot wound suffered during the incident.

A fourth case that could go to trial beginning Sept. 24 is that of Ramon Lopez, Louis said. Lopez is charged with murder in connection with the June 6, 2011, stabbing death of his roommate, 57-year-old Jose Antonio Hernandez, in their home near Graytown.

Deputies from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the home the two men shared on F.M. 2579, after Lopez reported coming home to find Hernandez lying in a pool of blood. Their subsequent investigation led deputies to charge Lopez, who they allege stabbed Hernandez several times in the neck.

If convicted, Lopez faces life, or five to 99 years, in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
 

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William J. Gibbs Jr.  
WCN  
September 6, 2012 9:38am
 
Retiredinlavernia: To my knowledge, a website that gives information about all trials in Wilson County currently does not exist. We try to cover as much of it as we can, but we obviously cannot cover it all. If you're unable ... More ›

 
retiredinlavernia  
lavernia  
September 6, 2012 3:50am
 
Anyone know of a link to find out the outcome of trials in Wilson county - I ask because I was part of a jury pool several weeks ago and was not selected but I am curious of the outcome anyway.

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