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DA says he will take case of tampering with evidence to grand jury in May
San Jacinto News- Times

STEPHENS CREEK – Criminal District Attorney Bill Burnett will carry a case before the San Jacinto County Grand Jury with charges pending against a local resident concerning a gun that was taken from an accident scene Saturday. The one-vehicle accident occurred on FM 224 near Hilzendager Road at Stephens Creek around 3:30 p.m. According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Allen Staton, the driver of a 1957 red Chevrolet, James Hamp Thomas, apparently came into a curve on FM 224 too fast, fl ipping the vehicle. “This is a dangerous curve where many accidents occur,” Staton said. Thomas was taken by Life Flight to Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston. “I’m not sure exactly what happened because I haven’t talked with Thomas yet. The incident is still under investigation and toxicology tests are pending,” Staton said. Included in the investigation is the disappearance of a .38 caliber handgun belonging to Thomas. “I have witnesses who saw who took the gun,” Staton said. According to Burnett, an off duty Houston arson investigator was the fi rst on the scene of the accident. “He (investigator) took a gun belonging to the driver of the restored red Chevrolet and put it on the hood of the vehicle. Someone from one of the houses located on FM 224 came down and picked the gun up and took it back to his house,” Burnett said. Burnett declined to name the suspect. Although there are witnesses who saw who took the gun from the scene, Burnett said he will take the case before the grand jury without any charges. “It could go before the May grand jury,” he added. “I would rather have 12 impartial grand jury members fi le any pending charges than fi le them myself,” Burnett said. “Tampering with evidence at any crime scene is against the law,” Burnett said. “The area resident who took the gun from the scene indicated that he took it for safe keeping.”


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