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Bookman found guilty of 2009 shooting
Polk County Enterprise
BY VALERIE REDDELL
LIVINGSTON — A Polk County jury found Louis Bookman Jr., 47, guilty Tuesday of second degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting of a 35-year-old woman in a Goodrich pasture March 12, 2009. Sentencing will be determined by District Judge Elizabeth Coker on July 13 following a pre-sentencing investigation. First Assistant District Attorney Joe Martin said Bookman is not eligible for probation because of a prior felony conviction for possession of cocaine in 2000 and because of the aggravated nature of the offense. Bookman left his home at about 5 a.m. the day of the shooting after smoking a marijuana cigarette, he told investigators. At about 7:30 a.m. he showed up at a residence on Cemetery Hill, “looking for a girl and some action,” Martin said. A man at that residence introduced him to a girl who was “amenable to that action,” Martin said. She rode with Bookman to a pasture where he kept horses in Goodrich. “They went to the back of the pasture and he put some money on the dash and she did what she was asked to do for the money,” Martin said. Once that activity was over, the victim told investigators she was reaching for a napkin when Bookman began shouting and cussing at her. He reached for a .357 revolver and fired it repeatedly until he ran out of ammunition, according to Martin. Miraculously, only two of the rounds fired hit the victim. “She bailed out of the truck and tried to grab her pants. She had a cell phone in the pocket of her pants,” Martin said. Bookman drove off, leaving the woman in the pasture. “Despite having a broken shoulder and collar bone, the victim struggled through a fence out of the pasture and back to the highway where she was able to flag down a passing motorist,” Martin said. The motorist call 9-1-1 and the victim was able to give a detailed description of Bookman and his rather unique truck. The red Ford dually pickup bears a “Bookman Roofing” logo on it. Officers went to Bookman’s residence where they found the truck with bulletholes from the inside and Bookman. He was taken into custody and the truck was processed by the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab. The victim was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. She has substantially recovered from her physical injuries, but continues to suffer a lot of emotional stress as a result of the shooting. “It was not pleasant for her to have to describe those events on the jury stand,” Martin said. Bookman gave a confused statement to officers. “He said he didn’t believe he shot her,” Martin said. Bookman also said he felt like someone out there was trying to rob him, but he couldn’t describe that robber — even his race. He said that’s why he was shooting. He couldn’t offer an explanation about why he left the woman there and didn’t call 9-1-1 reporting an attempted robbery. After the shooting, he disposed of the gun, some crack cocaine and the napkin with genetic material on it, Martin added. During the trial he described this “robber” as a white man, but they didn’t buy it, Martin said. Bookman faces two to 20 years in prison for the second degree felony charge. “I hope he gets somewhere in the upper end of that range,” Martin said. “You don’t know why people do the crazy things they do,” Martin said. The prosecutor added that it was also difficult to understand why Bookman’s wife, young daughter and son sat through the entire trial, listening to all this sordid testimony about what daddy did. I can’t imagine that would be a good thing for his family to hear.