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State rests its case in Sanders' trial
By: Lynn LaRowe - Texarkana Gazette
ROCKWALL, Texas—The state rested its case mid-Friday morning in the trial of a Bowie County man accused in the fatal hit-and-run of a Texarkana, Texas police officer last year.The last witnesses called by Bowie County prosecutors in the murder trial of Justin Miles Sanders, 22, include U.S. Secret Service Agent Jeff Schaeffer and Bi-State Narcotics Task Force Officer Clay McClure.Schaeffer testified he downloaded texts and photos from Sanders’ phone. Several texting conversations June 13 discuss Sanders’ alleged willingness to sell two different types of marijuana for different amounts. Text messages from Sanders’ phone refer to meeting others at Grady T. Wallace Park June 13. McClure testified as to the meaning of language used in the text messages.“Reggie refers to common marijuana,” McClure said.McClure also testified as to the street value of common marijuana and higher grade marijuana. Several of Sanders’ texts offer to sell Reggie for, “30 for a half,” which McClure said likely means $30 for a half ounce of common marijuana. Another text offers “Good stuff” for a higher price.Texarkana, Texas police officer Jason Sprague, 30, died of traumatic head and crush injuries he suffered when he was run over at Grady T. Wallace Park in the early morning hours of June 14. Sanders is accused of running over Sprague with his mother’s silver GMC Acadia as he fled the park to avoid being caught in possession of marijuana.The defense is expected to begin presentation of its case this afternoon.Sanders faces five to 99 years or life in a Texas prison if found guilty of murder.