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ETX man pleas out in family violence trial

Billy Fred Wray, Jr. (Source: Henderson County Jail) Billy Fred Wray, Jr. (Source: Henderson County Jail)

A jury trial in Henderson County came to a quick stop on Wednesday after the defendant on trial changed his plea.

The Henderson County District Attorney's Office says Billy Fred Wray, Jr., formerly of Sunrise Shores, changed his not-guilty plea to guilty after just one day of testimony.

Wray changed his plea to accept a plea bargain which carried a 10-year prison sentence.

The DA's office says the charges stemmed from an incident in which his fiancee revealed her intentions to leave him, sending Wray in to a frenzy and began punching, head-butting and biting her.

Testimony in the trial indicated the victim was able to flee, running from her home in only a towel looking for means to call 911. Officials say Wray had ripped the phone cord out of the wall when the victim attempted to find help earlier in the incident.

Wray's now-former fiancee was treated at ETMC in Gun Barrel City for facial lacerations, bruising and cuts.

In October of 2011, Wray was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, after the Henderson County Sheriff's Office says he swung a "large, machete-like knife" at deputies while serving a search warrant.


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