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Grimes County Grand Jury Decides on Several Cases

By: Pachatta Pope Email
By: Pachatta Pope Email

A Grimes County grand jury handed up 30 separate felony indictments for a pair accused in a string of crimes, including a home invasion in Bedias and carjacking a man.

Marcus Lair and Rhonda Ellis, both 30, were indicted on nine counts each of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery, plus two counts each for attempted capital murder. They were also indicted on one count each of burglary of a habitation.

All of the charges are considered first degree felonies that carry a punishment of five years to life in prison.

In addition, Lair and Ellis were indicted on third degree felony charges. Both were charged with eight counts of deadly conduct and one count of injury to a child.

The same grand jury that indicted Lair and Ellis on Friday, no-billed two Navasota school district employees, including high school principal Brent Rumbo. A group of students accused Rumbo of chasing them with a weapon after the group allegedly made a disparaging remark about Rumbo's wife. The grand jury was considering indictments on charges of making a terroristic threat and aggravated assault, but Rumbo was no-billed on both.

Grand jurors also no-billed a Navasota teacher accused of assaulting a student. The female teacher will not go to trial on a charge of misdemeanor assault.


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