Former Mesquite Police Officer Derick Wiley Has Been Charged With Aggravated Assault By A Public Servant Following Lyndo Jones Shooting, Attorney Says.
Justin Moore, an attorney for Lyndo Jones, confirms to us today that former Mesquite police officer Derick Wiley has been charged with one count of aggravated assault by a public servant by a Dallas County grand jury.
Wiley, you’ll recall, shot Jones twice the night of November 8 after the former officer thought Jones was breaking into his own truck. Jones would go on to spend six days chained to a bed without any charges being filed against him. The Mesquite Police Department then fired Wiley on November 29, right around the same time when a Dallas County grand jury began deliberating whether Wiley would face charges for shooting Jones.
Earlier today, Jones’ other attorney S. Lee Merritt tweeted a message that indicated that the grand jury would deliver charges against Wiley.
RE #LyndoJones: We’re grateful the GJ did their job in returning an indictment, however, we remain disappointed in DA Johnson who failed to do her job & file criminal charges. The reluctance to prosecute gives us little confidence in the office’s ability to secure a conviction.
— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) December 6, 2017
Moore said this was the only charge the grand jury made. We will update this story as we learn more.