A Tarrant County grand jury has indicted a teen on a charge of murder in the case of a man who was run over and then stabbed multiple times this spring.
Garland Patton, 19, remained in the Tarrant County Jail on Sunday in lieu of $250,00 bail. Jurors returned their decision Friday.
Patton is accused of running over Samuel Bailey, 54, of Fort Worth with a vehicle and then repeatedly stabbing him on the night of May 17. Bailey died of multiple sharp and blunt force injuries, according to a ruling by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.
Police said Patton left the scene but was arrested when he drove back to Krauss-Baker Park near Park Lake Drive in Fort Worth, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
A patrol officer at the park saw the suspect drive past, Fort Worth homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman said in a May interview with the Star-Telegram. The officer stopped the vehicle about two streets away, he said.
Detectives have not released a motive for the killing. Authorities are not aware of any connection between the victim and suspect, Loughman has said.
The affidavit gives this account:
Two witnesses told police they were at a pavilion in the park in the 3500 block of Park Lake Drive on the night of May 17 when a man drove up and got out of a white Pontiac. He walked up to the pavilion, sat down, said nothing and later pulled out a knife.
The witnesses became nervous and walked from the pavilion to get away from the man, who eventually got back in his car and drove away.
The witnesses returned to the pavilion, but a few minutes later the suspect drove back and got out of his vehicle. By that time, Bailey was walking around in the park.
Police said some type of altercation occurred between Bailey and Patton.
SOURCE: DOMINGO RAMIREZ JR.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram