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Murder charge filed in roommate’s death
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GROVETON – A murder charge has been filed in a Port Adventure shooting incident and a series of drug arrests are underway in Trinity. According to Trinity County Sheriff Ralph Montemayor, deputies have had a busy week with the shooting reported Friday night and with the roundup of five people indicted on drug charges. The shooting occurred at a residence in the Port Adventure subdivision located in the Sebastopol area off FM 356. Paul Kirkland, 63, was found dead in the residence by deputies after his roommate called authorities and told them he might have killed him. Floyd Leonard was arrested at the scene of the death and was being held this week by the sheriff’s department under at $100,000 bond. Montemayor said a man later identified as Leonard called the sheriff’s office Friday night and said he needed an officer. “He said a shot had been fired and he thought he might have killed someone,” the sheriff said. Chief Deputy Billy Patton said the Kirkland and Leonard were roommates and had apparently been arguing. According to Leonard’s statements, when the victim became too physical, he was forced to defend himself. Montemayor said when officers arrived at the residence, Leonard was waiting and surrendered peacefully. Montemayor said his office is working with the Texas Rangers on the ongoing investigation into the death. Drug arrests In other activity, deputies were in the process of rounding up five suspects indicted on drug charges following a six-month long investigation. As of Tuesday morning, the only one of the five to have been taken into custody was Minnie Cunningham, 54, of Trinity. She was charged with five counts of possession with intent to deliver controlled substances. Four other suspects were being sought on six indictments charging them with either manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance or possession with intent to deliver. Montemayor said all of the charges involved crack cocaine. The sheriff asked to withhold naming the other suspects until they were in custody. “This is a result of a six-month investigation carried out by Narcotics Investigator Paul Shipper. “He has been looking into the illegal drug activity in the Trinity area.” Criminal mischief Sheriff’s deputies also arrested Jonathan R. Thompson, 31, of Trinity on a criminal mischief charge. He also was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Montemayor said that Thompson was arrested Monday, Sept. 24, when deputioes responded to a report of a possible assault in the Lakewood at Livingston subdivision located off FM 356 east of Trinity. The suspect in the incident reportedly has fled into nearby woods and deputies were unable to located him during a search. The sheriff’s officer later received another fall indicating the suspect had returned to his residence on Enchantment street where deputies Carrier and Hickerson placed him under arrest. \

 

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