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March 6, 2007

68 true bills returned

The Henderson County Grand Jury returned 68 indictments Thursday — including one on a Mabank teacher for allegedly having an improper relationship with a student.

Tracy Dawn Gill, 29, of Athens, turned herself in to authorities in May after the Mabank Police Department issued a warrant for her arrest.

The warrant alleged Gill, then associated with the Mabank Independent School District, had been involved in a sexual relationship with one of her students.

The Mabank police initially filed the case with the Kaufman County District Attorney’s Office, then notified police in Dallas, Henderson, Kaufman and Van Zandt counties because they believed offenses occurred in each of those jurisdictions.

Drug offenses dominated the slate of indictments with several coming from a late October drug sweep in the Malakoff area. Some of the more significant charges were brought against:

• Allen Jackson Thomas, 59, of Trinidad for delivery of a controlled substance, with two prior state jail offenses;

• two indictments on Deric Larell Jackson, 31, of Malakoff, for delivery of a controlled substance, with two prior state jail offenses;

• Carolyn Sue Hemphill, 51 of Trinidad, for delivery of a controlled substance/habitual; and

• Steven Andre Barker, 26, of Athens, for delivery of a controlled substance.

All four were arrested in a Henderson County Drug Enforcement Unit sweep in October. That sweep resulted in 17 arrests and targeted the Athens, Malakoff and Trinidad areas.


Other indictments reported by Henderson County District Attorney Donna Bennett include:

• Jason Jermaine Turner, 26 from Trinidad, indicted for Delivery of Controlled Substance;

• Jimmy Lewis Overton, 30 from Malakoff, indicted for Delivery of Controlled Substance /Habitual;

• Rico Antonio Brown, 20 from Athens, indicted for Delivery of Controlled Substance;

• Eric Darrell Jackson, 31 from Malakoff, indicted for Evading Arrest;

• Melvin Wayne Smith, 48 from Trinidad, indicted for Delivery of Controlled Substance;

• Samuel Devoal Kiser, 39 from Athens, indicted for Delivery of Controlled Substance/Habitual;

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