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Laura Ward

Eustace Mayor Laura Ward released a statement Monday saying she felt that �justice would be served� in her aggravated assault trial.

Ward was found not guilty of aggravated assault Friday after a five-and-a-half hour deliberation by the jury. She was accused of punching Tresina Mooring at a Gaters Bar and Grill in Gun Barrel City in 2007.

Ward could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

In her statement Ward thanked her attorney, Mike Head, and many people who stuck with her throughout the year-and-a-half ordeal.

�The Lord has blessed me with all of the people that have supported me through this very difficult time in not only my life, but the lives of so many,� she said.

Ward said she is looking forward to focusing on a �new phase of her life.�

�With (the trial) behind me, life will now move forward for me professionally and in my many volunteer activities including my elected position as Mayor of Eustace.

Laura Ward's statement:

From Day 1, I have had a strong faith in our judicial system and felt that justice would be served. This has been extremely hard on me, my husband and our children. With that being said, we have had a tremendous amount of support through our community, school district, numerous friends and family, and especially the city employees and the majority of your council.

One person who usually goes by the way-side when a case is completed deserves so much credit — my attorney, Mike Head. And not just him, but his wife Leslie, who allowed him to attend several of our council meetings — cutting into their family time. Mike’s assistant, Jeff and Mike’s wife, Leslie, showed constant support and had an uplifting affect on myself and my husband during the trial. The support given to me and my family by my employer has also meant so much to us.

The Lord has blessed me with all of the people that have supported me through this very difficult time in not only my life, but the lives of so many others. Without the support of teachers, administrators and coaches, my children would have been devastated and it would have been so much harder for them to cope.

With this behind me, life will now move forward for me professionally and in my many volunteer activities including my elected position as Mayor of Eustace.

I look forward to this new phase in my life. So many thanks to so many supporters.

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