Brown Co. man accused of killing child while driving drunk indicted for murder

BROWNWOOD, Texas - A Brownwood man accused of hitting an killing an eight-year-old boy while intoxicated has been indicted for murder.

The Brown County District Attorney's Office confirmed Tuesday morning that Samuel Juarez Jr., 34, has been indicted on one count of Murder Deadly Weapon in connection to the crime that happened in December of 2016. 

Court documents state Juarez "admitted to consuming six 16oz Bud Ice beers" before he struck and killed 8-year-old Daylan Donnell Franklin while he was outside playing on the 1600 block of 6th Street Saturday afternoon. 

Juarez also had bloodshot eyes, smelled like alcohol, and failed every field sobriety test the arresting officer administered, according to the documents. 

Juarez was initially taken into custody for Intoxicated Manslaughter and Accident Involving Death. He's being held in jail on bonds totaling $300,000. 

Additional court documents obtained by KTAB and KRBC show Juarez has been arrested for alcohol-related traffic offenses five times in the past. 

He participated in a pretrial diversion program for two of those offenses - Open Container and DUI/Minor - meaning he paid a fee to the Brown County Clerk in lieu of going to trial for the Class C traffic offenses. 

Brown County Attorney Shane Britton wants to make it clear that the pretrial diversion programs Juarez was a part of in 2003 and again in 2006 are completely different from the pretrial diversion donation fund that the Texas Attorney General recently issued an opinion on, arguing it was not entirely in compliance with the law. 

That pretrial first began in 2007 in DWI court and was specific to only DWI misdemeanor cases for years before it was it was extended it other misdemeanor charges. The pretrial diversion donation fund has not been in operation since 2014. 

Article provided by bigcountryhomepage.com.


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