Investigation Yields New Circumstances Behind Late Night Shooting

LIBERTY, August 27, 2013 - Continuing follow up investigation and further interviewing of both witnesses and the shooter, William Francis, by lead investigator Sgt. Brian Bortz, regarding the shooting at 151 Riverview Dr. in Liberty County has revealed a much different version of the shooting than was initially reported by Francis to the arriving Deputies earlier last night.

Capt. Don Neyland reported that during the follow up investigation, Sgt. Bortz determined that William Francis was, in fact, the initial aggressor in the argument that ensued between he and the shooting victim, Gregory Oines age 53 of the River Boat Bend Sub-Division and did, in fact, initiate the first physical confrontation between he and Mr. Oines. Then after punches were thrown, William Francis went to another room of the house and secured a 410 shotgun. He then returned to the room where Gregory Oines was standing and shot him in the face with the 410 which was apparently loaded with a 410 caliber “slug” rather than a shot gun shell with pellets.

William Francis was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and placed in the Liberty County jail. Bond for William Francis was set at 500,000 dollars.

The victim, Gregory Oines was flown to Herman Hospital by Life Flight and is being treated for the gunshot wound to the side of his head, His specific medical condition is unknown.

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