Upshur County: Man, 26, faces manslaughter charge

Published on Wednesday, 2 April 2014 17:09 - Written by Phillip Williams Special Correspondent

GILMER -- An illegal alien from Mexico will eventually face an intoxication manslaughter charge in connection with an auto accident which killed a 73-year-old Overton man in January, Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd said Wednesday.

Noe Paz-Aguillon, 26, of Daingerfield, was indicted by an Upshur County Grand Jury on March 26 in connection with the Jan. 18 collision which killed Charles Kenneth Gibbs, according to Byrd's office.

Paz-Aguillon was also indicted on an additional felony charge of aggravated assault with deadly weapon since the accident injured Gibbs's 56-year-old wife, Carol Gibbs, said Byrd. She was later released from a hospital, the prosecutor said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said the accident occurred after Paz-Aguillon's vehicle crossed the center line.

Paz-Aguillon, who was also injured in the nighttime collision between two sport utility vehicles on Texas Hwy. 155 about 10 miles northeast of Gilmer, was turned over to the federal Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE) agency after his release from a hospital, said Byrd.

The suspect was handed over to ICE because he suffered burns on his lower legs which require wound care three times daily, and the federal government agreed to absorb the expense of that treatment rather than having county taxpayers do so, the prosecutor said.