Punishment-only trial begins Wednesday in Bowie County shooting


New Boston, Texas–A man who drove another man to the hospital after shooting him in the back with a 12 gauge shotgun has pleaded guilty but wants a jury to decide his punishment.

A jury of five women and seven men was chosen Tuesday at the Bowie County courthouse in New Boston to decide the punishment Barry Green, 35, should receive for shooting 40-year-old Michael Hooks. Green plead guilty to aggravated assault with serious bodily injury, deadly weapon, earlier this month. He faces two to 20 years in prison.

Green became angry during an argument with his girlfriend at a house on County Road 4239. Green grabbed a shotgun, threatened that he would kill Hooks and left, according to a probable cause affidavit. When Bowie County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the house on 4239, they were directed to Hooks’ home on County Road 4240 a short distance away.

Barry Green being taken into custody at St. Michael’s ER.

Green shot Hooks before officers arrived. Hooks’ son told deputies Green promised to take Hooks to a hospital in Texarkana and loaded him into his truck. Deputies attempted to pull Green over as he traveled to the hospital but Green would not stop until he reached the Emergency Room bay at St. Michael’s Hospital. Hooks was inside the hospital for treatment and Green was taken to jail.

Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp is expected to give an opening statement Wednesday for the state. Chief Public Defender Rick Shumaker is representing Green.

Listen To Police Radio Traffic of the incident Below.

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