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Stabbing suspect’s trial set for April 22




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Jury selection in the trial of 35-year-old Joel Ramon De Leon of Corpus Christi is set for April 22, according to Wilson County District Court records. He was present in court for a docket call April 8.

De Leon was indicted Oct. 26, 2012, on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. This followed a Sept. 1, 2012, incident in which he allegedly stabbed Steven Miles with a knife during a fight near the intersection of U.S. 181 and C.R. 331.

If convicted, De Leon faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Other cases that were part of the April 8 docket call included:

•Karen Zablosky, 45, who is charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly shooting another woman with a BB gun Aug. 1, 2012. Jury selection in her trial now is set for June 17. Her next court appearance is a pretrial hearing set for May 8, followed by a docket call June 5.

•Steven Edward Cole, 51, who is charged with five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant for his alleged role in a Jan. 15, 2011, shootout with Wilson County law-enforcement personnel outside his home north of Floresville. Court records indicate that Cole’s insanity evaluation is still incomplete, which is why 218th District Court Judge Stella Saxon rescheduled his docket call for April 30, with jury selection ahead of his trial set for May 13.

Lang civil suit

Civil cases also were a part of the April 8 docket call, including the wrongful death suit against Omero Lugo and Raelynda Lehmberg by David and Philippa Lang, parents of Joseph L. “Joey” Lang. The younger Lang died in a Feb. 13, 2009, crash south of Floresville, while two passengers were injured.

Court records indicate that Saxon approved a motion of non-suit filed by Dillyn Lewis’ attorney Trent Rowell, which dismisses all claims she filed. Lewis, who was one of Lang’s two passengers, had joined the suit as an intervening party, following severe injuries suffered in the crash.

Tellez

Saxon also presided over Wilson County District Court April 10. Among those in court was Joe L. Tellez, 24, of Floresville, who was set to be sentenced after previously pleading guilty to one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant. He was indicted on this charge May 9, 2011, following a high-speed pursuit and crash involving officers from the Floresville Police Department and the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 16 of that year.

Court records indicate he also faces sentencing related to a 2010 charge of possession of less than 1 gram of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1. However, he could not be sentenced on either charge, because his attorney, Eugene Chavez, was unable to attend. Sentencing in both cases was rescheduled to May 2.
 

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