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Trial for man accused of shooting re-po workers rescheduled

ANDERSON CO., June 24, 2013--The trial of Doyle Henry Cook, Jr., originally scheduled to begin next month, has been postponed until October, according to Anderson County Assistant District Attorney Scott Holden.

Cook was arrested in October, of 2012, after he pulled a gun and opened fire on two employees of Investor Recovery Service of Tyler as they attempted to repossess his truck.

The re-po workers hooked up the vehicle at Cook’s home. When they were leaving the property, Cook came outside and shot at them. The two workers drove away with the truck and Cook followed, at one point pulling in front of them and shooting at them while they drove around him. The workers released the truck on FM 319, and drove away. Cook was still at that location when police arrived and placed him under arrest.

The driver of the tow truck, Vic Crawford, sustained gunshot wounds to the shoulder and head. The passenger of the two truck, Jennifer Miller, sustained a gunshot wound to the hip.

Cook was charged with two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon, a second degree felony.

Assistant D.A. Holden says the trial was originally scheduled to begin in July, and has been delayed at the request of Cook’s defense council.  “The defense has asked for a mental health expert to evaluate his client and provide some input into the case,” said Holden. “[The delay] will provide him the chance to have some expert testimony which, I could guess would go toward mitigation – there are some other defenses he could put up. And, of course, if he starts to raise an insanity defense, or something along those lines, the state gets a chance to have our own experts come in and look at the situation.”

Asst. D.A. Holden says although an insanity defense could be raised, he does not believe Cook will be found incompetent to stand trial. “He’s not incompetent to stand trial,” said Holden. “I believe we have already had an examination for that, if I’m not mistaken.”

Cook’s trial has been rescheduled to begin the week of Halloween. It will be in the 3rd District Court, with Judge Mark Calhoon presiding. If convicted, Cook could face up to 99 years.


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