BULLETIN: JURORS REACHED A UNANIMOUS VERDICT OF GUILT AFTER ABOUT AN HOUR OF DELIBERATION. PUNISHMENT PHASE OF THE CASE BEGINS IN THE BELL COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER AUXILIARY COURTROOM NO. 1 AT 9 A.M. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20
Members of the public gallery were able to hear the jury charged in the misdemeanor case against M/Sgt. C.J. Grisham for interfering with a public official, a public detail from which they were excluded in the initial October trial.
That trial resulted in a mistrial when the jurors deadlocked, unable to reach a unanimous verdict.
Lead Prosecutor John Gauntt, Jr., emphasized in the charge that the panel must make a finding of any one of 4 elements to establish criminal negligence on the part of Sgt. Grisham in order to convict him for interfering with a public official - that he acted in an, 1) substantial, 2) intentional, 3) unreasonable, or 4) reckless manner in trying to prevent Police Officer Steve Ermis from disarming him.
Defense attorney Blue Rannefeld in his summation told jurors that Sgt. Grisham's conduct was typical of what a normal person would do when he momentarily grasped his weapon as he officer took it from him.
Members of the jury received the case at about 2:30 p.m. and are still in deliberation. - The Legendary