The Upshur County Grand Jury indicted three persons Thursday on capital murder charges of killing a Longview man in late 2012, said District Attorney Billy Byrd.
Indicted were Daniel Paul Jones and Sarah Haslam, both 20 and of Longview, and 21-year-old Andrew Conrad Norwine of Arlington.
They are charged with killing Ronnie Joe Gammage on Dec. 5 by “cutting his throat or neck with a knife or a sharp forged object,” Byrd said.
The trio is also charged in Gregg County with the Dec. 5 aggravated kidnapping of the 27-year-old Gammage from a Longview business, but has not been indicted in those cases, Byrd said.
The suspects remained in Upshur County Jail at Gilmer Monday under respective $1 million bonds on the capital murder charges, the same amount prior to their indictments, as well as bonds of $300,000 each on the kidnapping charges, he said.
All had pled not guilty at their arraignments to that charge, which is punishable under state law only by lethal injection or life imprisonment without parole. Byrd told The Mirror Monday he has not decided whether to seek the death penalty, and had said Thursday that the cases are a “long ways away” from going to trial.
Longview police arrested Jones and Ms. Haslam Dec. 19 on the aggravated kidnapping charges after finding Gammage’s body in a pasture at the intersection of Martin Road and Mockingbird Lane in rural Upshur County the prior day, the district attorney said. The pair was charged with capital murder Dec. 20, said Byrd.
Norwine, who was absent without leave from the U.S. Army at Ft. Polk, La., when Gammage was killed, was arrested there Dec. 24, the prosecutor said.
The suspects are charged with capital murder because it is alleged they were in the course of committing another felony—kidnapping—when they killed Gammage, Byrd said.
Each suspect has two court-appointed attorneysa total of six defense attorneys in the cases, the prosecutor said.
The three capital murder indictments were among six indictments returned by the grand jury Thursday, Byrd’s office said.
Defendants, charges, and bonds in the other indictments were as follows, and all the suspects remained jailed Thursday, the office said:
• Hugo Fluellen, 52, of Gilmer, named in a single indictment on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child; sexual assault; and indecency with a child, all on Jan. 1, 2006, $100,000.
• Rosie Evans Fluellen, 43, of Gilmer, named in a single indictment on charges of criminal responsibility for conduct of another; aggravated sexual assault of a child; sexual assault; and indecency with a child, all on Jan. 1, 2007, $50,000
The Fluellens were arrested in December 2012, Byrd’s office said.
His wife, Rosie Evans Fluellen, 43, of Gilmer, named in a single indictment on charges of criminal responsibility for conduct of another; aggravated sexual assault of a child; sexual assault; and indecency with a child, all on Jan. 1, 2007, $50,000
The Fluellens were arrested in December 2012 after the child made an outcry, Byrd’s office said.
The date of Ms. Fluellen’s alleged offenses is one year later than her husband’s because the state believes she did not initially know of her husband’s alleged crimes—but that when she learned of them, she failed to report them as law requires, the office said.
• Kenneth Fernandez Lewis, 39, of Gilmer, possession of a controlled substance (heroin) in a drug-free zone on Dec. 20, 2012; $15,000.