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7/8/08

Oklahoma Man & Three Lubbock Men Indicted by Grand Jury

Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff

A Lubbock County Grand Jury decided an Oklahoma man will go to trial for the murder of his ex-wife.  

Deliberations wrapped up late Tuesday evening, and jury members decided there was enough evidence to send Arthur Swagger to trial for murder. Investigators say Swagger beat and then sexually assaulted his ex-wife Joyce Swagger back on June 2nd.  She died five days later from her injuries. The couple had been staying at the Motel 6 along I-27.

Lubbock County's District Attorney upgraded the charge to murder a week after Joyce's death. Swagger is also accused of hitting the couple's 5-year-old son. He and his 3-year-old sister remain in protective custody. Swagger is jailed on a $500,000.

The grand jury also indicted 21-year-old David Shane Johns on a charge of manslaughter. AeroCare rushed 9-year-old Esmeralda Salinas to the hospital, after witnesses say Johns hit her with his car back on April 25. Investigators say Johns drove off but returned to the scene. They later determined Johns was likely driving around 55 miles per hour. That's 25 mph more than the posted speed limit of 30 mph.

James Yelvington is now indicted on a charge of intoxication assault for injuring a 4-year-old. Police say Yelvington's blood alcohol level was above the legal limit when he crashed into a Jeep last May. The 4-year-old child was riding on his lap and did not have a helmet. This is second indictment for Yelvington. In January, he was indicted on a charge of injury to a child.

Lastly, the grand jury re-indicted Eric Washington for injury to a child. The Lubbock father is accused of throwing his 4-month-old son against the wall in June of 2007, fracturing the child's skull. The 28-year-old remains behind bars on multiple charges.

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