Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on Oct. 13, 2009.
17-YEAR-OLD ACCUSED OF SEVERELY BEATING MOTHER
Johnson County officials said a Joshua teenager was arrested in connection with the severe beating of his mother. He is accused of beating 51-year-old Donna Martin Troutt with an aluminum bat at a home in the 1600 block of County Road 706 on Monday afternoon. A neighbor called 911 after the woman's daughter asked for help and said her brother had attacked their mother. Conner Lynn Troutt, 17, allegedly fled in his mother's vehicle and was in a series of hit-and-run crashes. He was found in Fort Worth after he was hit by another car when he tried fleeing from a car wreck. He was treated at a local hospital and then taken to the Johnson County Jail, where he is being held on $150,000 bail. He is charged with aggravated assault of a family member with a weapon. Sheriff's deputies said he had been released from jail a few weeks ago on an assault charge. Donna Martin Trout was still in critical condition Tuesday at a Fort Worth hospital. CLICK HERE to watch a video report from NBCDFW.com.
2 ARRESTED IN SLAYING OF CONVENIENCE STORE OWNER
Grand Prairie police arrested two men Tuesday morning in connection with the shooting death of a Dallas convenience store owner. Dallas police said Kim Heng Lay, 42, was killed during a robbery of the Payless Check Cashing, Beer Wine Store in the 6900 block of Harry Hines Boulevard on Sunday night. Lay came out from the back and shot at Rudy Bonilla twice after he robbed the clerk at gunpoint. Bonilla returned fire, striking Lay, police said. Bonilla, 41, and Harold Davis, 49, who is accused of driving the getaway vehicle, are being held on $1 million bail each.
10 YEARS LATER, ABDUCTION AND SEX ASSAULT SOLVED
Sept. 27 marked the 10th anniversary of the abduction and sexual assault of a 13-year-old Cleburne girl. In 1999, an attacker took her from her neighborhood as she walked home from a school bus stop and left her at a cemetery after the brutal attack. A passerby let her use her phone and took her to the hospital and to this day the crime was never solved. Ten days after the 10th anniversary, Cleburne police received word of a DNA match, and the following week officers arrested 52-year-old Dennis Ray Griffith of Morgan, at his home. Griffith has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and is being held in the Johnson County jail on $250,000 bond.
DETROIT WOMAN GETS 50 YEARS OVER TEXAS DEATH
A plea agreement in Texas means a Detroit woman must serve 50 years in prison after the body of a man she had dated was found buried in his yard. Kwaneta Harris pleaded guilty before closing arguments in her Dallas murder trial. Michael Giles was 46 when he was last seen alive by relatives in June of 2006. Garland police say his body was discovered in October 2007 under a concrete slab in his yard. Prosecutors say the 37-year-old woman shot Giles in the head, posed as his wife and stole $200,000. The victim's body was not discovered until an investigation began after his mortgage went unpaid. Harris, who pleaded guilty Monday, faced up to life in prison if convicted at trial.
UNIVERSITY PARK LAUNCHES CLICK IT OR TICKET
University Park police will be joining with state, local law enforcement and highway safety officials October 19-25 to launch a "Click It or Ticket" seat belt enforcement campaign. Officers will crack down on individuals that do not use their safety belt or do not secure their children in a child safety seat.