Former Tom Bean Mayor Pro Tem Lonnie Jones indicted

Jerrie Whiteley, Herald Democrat
Tom Bean Mayor Pro Tem Lonnie Jones speaks with Mayor Sherry Howard during a 2017 meeting of the Tom Bean City Council. Jones, 72, was indicted this week for deadly conduct and animal cruelty for allegedly shooting and killing a dog from a roadway after the animal attacked and killed Jones' pet cat. (Michael Hutchins / Herald Democrat)

Grayson County grand jurors this week indicted former Tom Bean Mayor Pro Tem Lonnie Jones this week on two charges of deadly conduct and one of animal cruelty.

The indictments are formal charges and are not an indication of guilt.

They stem from an incident the Herald Democrat reported on back in April when Jones, 72, was arrested by Tom Bean police officers at the intersection of FM 902 and FM 2729.

A police report said officers were called to that location about a man who had allegedly fired multiple rifle rounds from the roadway and killing a dog.

Officers arrived and were given the description of a man they said turned out to be Jones who was in his truck at the intersection of Thomas Street and State Highway 11.

Jones told police that he fired at the two dogs because they had entered his backyard and attacked and killed his cat.

Tom Bean Police Chief Timothy Green said Jones killed one dog on his property and then followed the other one in his truck for about a quarter of a mile before getting out of the truck and firing at that dog four or five times.

Green said his officers confirmed that Jones’ cat had been killed and that he had every right to kill the dog that was on his property. The law, Green said, does not allow someone to shoot from a public roadway in a direction where there are people.

The owner of the dogs, Green said, was cited for having a dog at large, a misdemeanor. Jones lost his bid to keep his seat on the council in May. Jones could not be immediately reached for comment Thursday morning.