Wharton County 

Grand Jury Indictments

May Deliberations

 

(Note: An indictment is not an indication of guilt, but rather a citizen jury’s verdict that a prosecutor has enough evidence against a person to proceed with felony charges.)

Those facing trial include:

 

• Keith Allen Jernigan Jr., 27, of 501 Texas, Apt. C, in Wharton for family violence and endangering a child on March 12 and 17. He allegedly hurt a male family member who was holding a child at the time of the attack.

• Jaidan Dupree Knight-Thornton, 20, of 120 N. Cloud in Wharton for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and burglary of a habitation on Feb. 29.

In separate grand jury indictments, Knight faces a eight charges of home burglary on Jan. 3, 14, 20 and 22 and Feb. 7, and three counts of theft of a firearm on Jan. 3, Feb. 7 and 29.

• Thomas Michael Kutach, 35, of 137 Daffodil in Wharton for injury to a child on Jan. 27. He allegedly used a shoe to hit a child on the arm.

• Chad Jason Long, 43, of 110 Cedar in Louise for family violence on March 16. He allegedly choked a woman.

Long has four prior felony convictions for home burglary – three on Dec. 17, 2008 in Eastland County and one on Aug. 26, 2011 in Wharton County.

• Alejandro Alex Lopez, 23, of 1005 W. Second in El Campo for two counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver on Nov. 8 and Dec. 13, 2019. He allegedly had more than a gram of methamphetamine on both occasions.

Lopez has a prior felony conviction for assault of a public servant on July 16, 2019 in Wharton County.

• Andrew Jay Marquez, 19, of 907 S. Medina in Lockhart for continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14. The crimes allegedly took placed between Oct. 28 and Nov. 22, 2018.

The grand jury also handed down second indictment on Marquez. Accusing him of sexual assault of a child, the crime allegedly took place March 25.

• John Thomas Matejcik, 27, of 315 E. San Bernard in Brazoria for theft and engaging in organized criminal activity on Jan. 9. He allegedly stole a vehicle and worked with others to steal a trailer to transport it.

• Chad Anthony McMillian, 32, of 5405 FM 441 in El Campo for two counts of identity theft on Nov. 18, 2019.

• John Muniz, 55, of 123 Sinclair in Boling for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury on April 1. He allegedly used a baseball bat to strike a man’s wrist.

Muniz has a prior felony conviction for burglary of a building on Sept. 24, 2019 in Wharton County.

• Brian Joshua Nettles, 38, of 2101 N. Grayson in Wharton for family violence on Feb. 4. He allegedly struck a man in the face.

Nettles has a history of family violence.

• Thurston Jeffrey Robinson, 40, of 1324 Hospital in Angleton for theft and engaging in organized criminal activity on Jan. 9. He allegedly stole a vehicle and worked with others to steal a trailer to transport it.

Robinson has three prior felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver on April 13, 2000 and Jan. 10, 2008; and single counts of burglary of a building on March 26, 2012 and assault of a public servant on April 13, 2000, all in Brazoria County.

• Leonard Manuel Sanchez, 27, of 802 Grace in El Campo for two counts of burglary of a habitation and a single count of family violence, all on March 17.

Sanchez has a history of family violence.

• Latayvia Scott, 18, of 711 Natchez in Richmond for possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone on Feb. 1. She allegedly had Xanax within 1,000 feet of Sivells Elementary in Wharton. 

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