TEXARKANA, Texas — A man originally charged with assault in the June traffic-related death of a Northeast Texas police officer now faces a murder count.
The Texarkana Gazette (http://bit.ly/1aVwHjW ) reports a Bowie (BOO'-ee) County grand jury Thursday indicted 21-year-old Justin Sanders on the upgraded charge. The case involves the death of Texarkana police Officer William Sprague.
Investigators say the 30-year-old officer was outside of his patrol car and responding to a disturbance at a park when he was struck June 14 by a fleeing vehicle. Sprague died the following day.
Police later arrested Sanders, who in August was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault on a police officer.
A judge in Texarkana earlier this month granted a defense request and moved next year's scheduled trial to Rockwall, 20 miles east of Dallas.
Information from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com