A Franklin man who was charged in July in connection to a 2017 motorcycle accident that killed his wife, a Bryan 18-year-old arrested Sept. 14 on a driving while intoxicated charge after he allegedly hit and seriously injured a Texas A&M student who later died, and a Bryan man whom police say broke into a woman’s apartment, physically abused her and took their child in September were among 59 people indicted on felony charges Thursday by a Brazos County grand jury.
Four area people were indicted on separate first-degree felony drug charges, each punishable by up to 99 years in prison.
An indictment by grand jury is not an indication of guilt. Grand jurors meet twice monthly to determine whether there is enough evidence to move forward with prosecution in a case.
• Authorities arrested James Fuchs Jr. in early July. Officials said Fuchs Jr. ran a red light at the east frontage road of North Earl Rudder Freeway and Old Reliance Road in July 2017 and struck the front passenger side of a car. The collision resulted in Fuchs and his passenger, Melissa Fuchs, being thrown off of the motorcycle. Neither were wearing helmets, police said.
Officials reported that Melissa Fuchs died after being transported to an area hospital.
Following an investigation, police report that James Fuchs’ blood alcohol content was 0.082, according to a blood draw. The Brazos County Sheriff’s office arrested James Fuchs on a warrant for manslaughter on July 1. He was released from the Brazos County Jail the same day on $10,000 bond.
Manslaughter is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.
• Police said at around 2 a.m. Sept. 14, officers responded to the intersection of Texas Avenue and University Drive, where a pedestrian who has been identified via an online fundraiser as Carly Beatty had been hit by a car. A witness said the car’s driver did not stop to assist the Texas A&M sophomore, but continued on to a nearby parking lot and got out to look at the damage to his vehicle before leaving.
Pedro Damion Puga, now 18, eventually was apprehended and charged with intoxicated assault with serious bodily injury and accident involving serious bodily injury without rendering aid, two felonies.
Beatty, according to the Facebook medical care fundraiser known as “Carly’s Medical Fundraiser,” was transported to a Houston hospital, where she lost her right leg through amputation and was diagnosed with a shattered pelvis and brain injury causing multiple strokes. Police reports from Puga’s arrest confirm that the victim suffered broken bones and internal bleeding, requiring emergency surgery. Beatty died in a Houston hospital on Sept. 22.
Puga made a $26,000 bail the day after his arrest but was taken back into custody, charged with tampering with evidence and unlawfully carrying a weapon in connection to the crash.
The morning of the crash, authorities had located Puga’s vehicle in a Bryan parking lot, and the teen reportedly left the area on foot when he saw police, authorities said. He was apprehended at Texas Avenue and Villa Maria, where he told police he doesn’t deal with “the laws,” a report states.
Accident involving death is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Tampering with evidence is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Puga remains in the Brazos County Jail on $252,000 bond.
• According to College Station police, authorities responded to an apartment complex on Harvey Road on Sept. 16 around 3 a.m. on the report of a disturbance.
A woman said Terrol Lamonte Wesley, 22, came into her apartment without her permission, pushed her into a wall and choked her before taking their child and driving away. The woman showed police paperwork showing she had custody of the child, and she said Wesley was likely in Bryan.
Bryan police located Wesley and the child later that morning.
Wesley was indicted Thursday on charges of burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony. He was released from the Brazos County Jail on Nov. 28 on a $12,000 bond.