Police chief indicted
Jacksboro Police Chief Scott Haynes was indicted on charges of assault stemming from a July 2018 incident between Haynes and his ex-wife, MeLisa Haynes.
According to the Jack County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Haynes filed a complaint of assault, family violence against MeLisa Haynes on July 16.
The sheriff contacted the 271st District Attorney.
“We did that based upon the fact that we did not want any perceived conflict because of our working relationship with the police department,” said Jack County Chief Deputy Doug Angell.
“The sheriff’s office is committed to staying open-minded and on the conclusion of the investigation, the facts will prevail.”
On July 27, a complaint of assault, family violence was filed with the Jack County Sheriff’s Office by MeLisa Haynes against Scott Haynes through her attorney.
Attempts made by the Jacksboro Herald-Gazette in the following months to confirm an investigation existed were unfruitful.
Bill Ray, a Fort Worth attorney, was appointed as special prosecutor for the case last summer but would not confirm or deny the case he was appointed for in Jack County involved the police chief until Friday when the Jack County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Haynes for assault of a family member by impeding breath, a third-degree felony.
Ray said he could not speak to charges filed against MeLisa Haynes but she was not indicted for anything on Friday.
Following the indictment, a warrant was issued for Haynes’ arrest. The Herald-Gazette requested a copy of the warrant from 271st District Clerk Tracie Pippin and received the following response.
“I’m sorry but that case is sealed until further notice,” Pippin wrote in an email Saturday.
City Manager Mike Smith gave a brief comment via email Monday morning.
“On Friday, May 3rd, Chief Haynes voluntarily turned himself in to the Young County Sheriff’s office, and was immediately released on bond,” he said. “I continue to have complete faith and confidence in Chief Haynes, as does the City Council. Pending the outcome of the trial, I have reassigned him to other duties outside the police department.”
According to the Young County jail roster website, Haynes was released on a $20,000 bond.
To read the complete article, see the May 8 edition of the Herald-Gazette.