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Trial date set for Brownwood man charged in deadly hit-and-run

BROWNWOOD, Texas - The trial date has been set for a man accused of hitting and killing an eight-year-old Brownwood boy last year while driving drunk.

Samuel Juarez, 34, will go to trial on October 13 at 9 a.m. to face two counts of murder with a deadly weapon, according to the 35th Judicial District Court Judge's Office. Judge Stephen Ellis will preside over the case.

Juarez waived his right to an arraignment on March 27, declining to have his murder charges read to him. He was originally charged with intoxication manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid.

His pre-trial hearing is scheduled for April 26 at 9 a.m.

Brownwood police arrested Juarez on Dec. 17 for a hit-and-run that killed Daylan Franklin. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Juarez admitted to officers after they arrested him that he drank a six pack of Bud Ice beer moments before driving.

KTXS previously reported that Juarez participated in two pre-trial diversion programs with Brown County Attorney Shane Britton's Office. Juarez paid his office $500 to get DWI charges dismissed in 2003 and 2006.

He remains in jail on bonds totaling $300,000, according to the Brown County Jail's website.


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