Athens Review, Athens, Texas

February 26, 2014

You’ve been served

Malakoff officer turns self in on warrants, bonds out

Bob Belcher
The Athens Review

Athens — Malakoff Police officer Ernest Fierro turned himself in at the Parker County Jail Thursday, Feb. 20 a day after being indicted by the Navarro County Grand Jury on charges stemming from an alleged “road rage” incident in Navarro County last December that ended with an Iowa man’s death.

The Grand Jury returned indictments Wednesday, Feb. 19 against Fierro, charging him with aggravated assault, official oppression and reckless driving. Bonds totaling $78,000 were set on the charges.

William Livezey of Iowa died on Dec. 11, 2013, shortly after a roadside encounter with Fierro, who was off-duty at the time of the incident that has been described by witnesses as a case of “road rage.”

Deputies called to the scene of the December roadside disturbance on East Highway 31 in Navarro County found the two men on the side of the roadway, with Livezey in handcuffs. When Livezey began to show signs of distress, the deputies removed the handcuffs and began CPR on him while awaiting an ambulance. Livezey later died at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Because the case involving Fierro was presented directly to the Grand Jury without a prior arrest and arraignment, Navarro County District Attorney Lowell Thompson said he could not release the findings of the Grand Jury until the warrants for Fierro were issued. The warrants were issued Thursday.

Fierro surrendered to the Parker County Sheriff’s Department at 5:11 p.m. according to Parker County authorities. Online records show Fierro posted bond following his booking and was released at 5:45 p.m.