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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Bexar County Grand Juries indict man for March 2020 murder

During the week of July 20-24, 2020 , Bexar County Grand Juries handed down nearly 200 felony indictments.

Joseph William Woolard is charged in three indictments alleging the following:

  • Murder: On March 4, 2020, Woolard did commit or attempt to commit the felony offense of evading arrest or detention in a vehicle, and while in the course or in furtherance of or in immediate flight from the commission or the attempted commission of this offense, Woolard did then and there commit or attempt to commit an act clearly dangerous to human life by driving his vehicle into oncoming traffic and striking a vehicle operated by Asante Contreras, causing the death of Contreras;
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm: On March 4, 2020, Woolard, having been convicted of the felony offense of evading arrest or detention in a vehicle on June 10, 2010, did intentionally and knowingly possess a firearm after the fifth anniversary of Woolard’s release from confinement or release from supervision under community supervision, parole or mandatory supervision, following conviction of said felony at a location other than the premises at which Woolard lived, to-wit: in the defendant’s vehicle;
  • Evading Arrest/Detention W/Vehicle: On March 4, 2020, Woolard, while using a vehicle, did intentionally flee from a person Woolard knew was a peace officer who was attempting to lawfully arrest the defendant.

Michael Hogan is charged with Attempted Capital Murder of a Police Officer. The indictment alleges that on April 23, 2020, Hogan intentionally and knowingly attempted to cause the death of San Antonio Police Officer Stephanie Cherry by shooting at and in the direction of Cherry with a firearm, an act amounting to more than mere preparation that tended but failed to effect the commission of the offense of capital murder, having at the time the specific intent to commit the offense of the capital murder, and Cherry was a peace officer who was acting in the lawful discharge of an official duty and Hogan knew Cherry was a peace officer.

Both of these cases are being prosecuted by the Criminal Trial Division in the 144th District Court. Because these cases are pending, we can make no further comment on them.

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