A Sherman man who has been indicted on multiple charges, including attempted murder of a child, didn’t get any holiday cheer from state District Judge Jim Fallon Friday.
Court attendants took Damon Deshawn Finley, 24, into custody Friday afternoon because Fallon revoked his bond on charges that included aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, injury to a child, and attempted capital murder of child under the age of 10 years old. Each charge is a first degree felony, punishable by up to life in prison.
Finley has been indicted on the charges but has pleaded not guilty to them.
Officers with the Sherman Police Department were first alerted to injuries sustained by Finley’s daughter back in January of last year after he and the child’s mother took the child to Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center for seizure-like symptoms.
“I can’t go too much into the facts, but basically the parents showed up with the child in bad medical shape,” First Assistant Grayson County District Attorney Kerye Ashmore said at that time. “(She) was (flown) to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Multiple brain injuries were found. Multiple subdural hemorrhages — which usually is associated with a traumatic brain injury — of different ages were found and multiple rib fractures, in various stage of healing, were also found.”
In court on Friday, Ashmore asked that the judge revoke Finley’s bond after revealing that Finley had failed drug tests twice in recent months. Ashmore said part of the conditions of bond are that the defendant obey the law and using illicit drugs is not obeying the law.
Finley’s attorney Jeromie Oney asked that instead of revoking the bond, the judge change the conditions and make his client report more often and submit to drug testing more frequently. Oney said it would be easier to prepare for trial if his client were out of jail.
Fallon said he doubted that the times that Finley tested positive for drugs were the only times that he has used drugs while out on bond and revoked that bond.
That means Finley will await his May 6 trial in the Grayson County Jail.
That trial was set to start Feb. 2 but Oney asked to have it pushed back. He said he has a sexual assault of a child case set to go to trial next week in the 59th and a pressing juvenile matter in Fannin County that is taking up his time right now. Ashmore said the state was ready to go to trial in February.
Fallon agreed to the continuance but asked that Oney and Ashmore find a trial date that didn’t push the case back too far.
The next pretrial hearing in the case is set for April 25.