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August trial date scheduled for man accused of stabbing parents

by Lori Dunn | November 28, 2022 at 10:00 p.m.
Shaun Patrick Paxton

TEXARKANA, Texas -- A man accused of killing his father on Father's Day is set for trial Aug. 8, 2023.

Shaun Patrick Paxton, 42, is accused of stabbing his father to death and seriously injuring his mother. He is charged with murder and aggravated assault.

Paxton has pleaded not guilty to all charges, according to court documents.

Paxton appeared Monday in Bowie County 5th District Court. Pretrial hearings have been scheduled for April 3 and Aug. 7, according to court documents.

The alleged attacks happened about 1:30 a.m. June 19 at the Paxton home in the 3600 block of Skyline Drive. Michael Paxton, 65, died at the scene.

Paxton also is charged with theft of property over $2,500 and under $30,000, according to court documents. He is accused of appropriating $8,015 in fraudulent pawn and layaway transactions from Cash America on New Boston Road.

The store's loss prevention supervisor reported that between Nov. 6 2021, and May 7, Paxton conducted a total of at least $8,015 in fake pawn transactions and layaways, according to the affidavit. The supervisor provided supporting documents and video footage in which Paxton is seen conducting the transactions, according to the affidavit.

After the transactions, Paxton allegedly stole the money and hid the printed transactions in stacks of paper. The fake transactions ranged between $100 to $850 each.

The supervisor reportedly discovered the thefts after performing an internal audit into two missing jewelry layaway transactions that prompted a full internal investigative audit. Managers confronted Paxton, who admitted he performed fake transitions and stole money because he was having financial trouble, according to the affidavit.

On June 16, Paxton spoke with law enforcement on a recorded phone call. According to the affidavit, an officer told Paxton that the total amount of theft first reported totaled $6,175 but that Cash America's district loss prevention department had uncovered an additional theft of $1,840.

Paxton said the two totals sounded correct and that he had committed the crimes because he had fallen on hard times and was trying to care for his family and pay child support, according to the affidavit. Paxton also said he was willing to pay restitution.

Paxton, who was arrested at the residence, remains in Bi-State Detention Center on a $1 million bail for the murder charge and $500,000 bail for the aggravated assault charge.

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