Indictment against Nacogdoches County jailers quashed
POSTED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 10:58am
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 11:09am
Nacogdoches, TX — 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.