Hearing set for coach accused of hurling baseballs at players
A preliminary hearing has been set for a Silo Junior High baseball coach accused of throwing baseballs at players.
Durant a Thursday conference, a preliminary hearing for Roy Martin West, 43, Durant was set for Dec. 18. West was charged in September with seven counts of injury to a minor child.
The investigation began April 10 when the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office received reports of several seventh and eighth grade student athletes being struck by baseballs thrown by West as a form of punishment. Investigators began contacting parents and urged them to schedule interviews of their children if they had “marks or bruising” as a result of the incident.
“Multiple children did come forward displaying substantial bruises to their legs and arms, consistent with having been struck by a baseball thrown with significant force,” the affidavit states. Another investigator recorded corrective actions which included punitive running and push-ups.
“Later that corrective action became simply standing, facing away from the coach and as students described, ‘get pegged,’” states the affidavit. “One witness statement described the students involved as being defenseless and without helmets or bats to protect them from injury.”
Another investigator from the sheriff’s office reported he was “met with resistance from some of the parents,” according to the affidavit.
West is free on personal recognizance.
In other court hearings Thursday, Jesus Garcia, 22, Mesquite, Texas, had a preliminary hearing set Jan. 8 for two counts of first-degree manslaughter. According to Calera Police, Garcia, who was driving a pickup on Aug. 25, ran a red light on Highway 69/75 in Calera and struck a car driven by Kelly Jean Spielman, 33, Arlington, Texas. Spielman’s daughter Slyla Fisher, 13, died at the scene of the crash and Spielman later died at a hospital. Her six-year-old son, Riley Spielman, was seriously injured.
Calera Police said Garcia was driving at a high speed and in a reckless manner when his pickup hit Spielman’s Kia.He is in jail on $500,000 bond.
In other crimes, James Howard Jenkins II, 51, Plano, Texas, was charged Thursday with trafficking in methamphetamine. He was arrested Oct. 15 by Durant Police who found a large amount of methamphetamine, according to court papers.
Aaron Michael Wolcott, 22. Colbert, and Tristyn Danielle Large, 19, Cartwright, have been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm after felony conviction. They were arrested earlier this week by Trooper Steve Nabors at Choctaw Road and Highway 69/75. According to court papers, they possessed methamphetamine and Large was carrying a .38 revolver.
A Kenefic man charged with first-degree rape pleaded no contest to the charge. Matthew Charles Davis, 26, was sentenced to 15 years in prison with the last seven years suspended.
According to court papers, Davis engaged in forced sexual intercourse with the victim during the summer of 2006. He was arrested in February.
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