Indictment against Nacogdoches County jailers quashed

Indictment against Nacogdoches County jailers quashed

POSTED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 10:58am

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 11:09am

Charges against two Nacogdoches Jailers have been dropped after a visiting judge signed an order to quash the indictment against them.

Elizabeth Ann Owens, 40, of Nacogdoches, and Danny Ray Russell, 35, of Douglass, were charged with criminally negligent homicide, a state jail felony, after an inmate, Edwinta Deckard, 53, died Monday, December 5,  according to a previous report by the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel.

Nacogdoches County District Attorney Nicole LoStracco the defense attorney requested a motion to quash the case, and the state agreed.

LoStracco explains a quash is similar to a motion to dismiss. Basically, it means there was not enough evidence to charge the defendants with a crime. However, the accused can be re-indicted if more evidence is brought forward.

Judge Guy Griffin signed the order.

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