Grand jury to meet

The current edition of the Hunt County grand jury is scheduled to convene this week for its monthly session and may be investigating an alleged intoxication manslaughter case in July that claimed the life of an appeals court justice.

The current edition of the Hunt County grand jury is scheduled to convene this week for its monthly session and may be investigating an alleged intoxication manslaughter case in July that claimed the life of an appeals court justice.

The grand jury is set to convene Friday for the second session of its six-month term and may consider the case against Megan Smith of Royse City.

At least eight aggravated assault cases are also currently pending before the Hunt County District Attorney’s Office, as well as multiple other felony cases, which the grand jury may be investigating between now and December.

Smith, 32, was believed to have been intoxicated when she drove the wrong way and caused the July 25 wreck in Royse City that claimed the life of Fifth District Court of Appeals Justice David Bridges.

Smith remained in custody in the Hunt County Detention Center as of press time Monday, being held in lieu $150,000 bond as on the intoxication manslaughter charge, a second-degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of two to 20 years in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.

Smith was also being held on two additional charges filed by the Royse City Police Department; one count of possession of a controlled substance Penalty Group 1A, in an amount of less than 20 actual units, with a $10,000 bond, and one count of possession of marijuana less than two ounces, which carried a $750 bond.

Penalty Group 1-A includes LSD as well as any of its salts, isomers and salts of isomers.

The specifics of the cases which are presented to the grand jury are kept confidential until such time as the panel decides whether or not to issue indictments.

The grand jury can either issue indictments — or “true bills” — or determine its investigation did not find sufficient evidence to issue an indictment, in which case a “no bill” is issued.

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