By Jade Ortego

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON - A Killeen man was acquitted Wednesday of stabbing his passenger while driving through Killeen from Austin.

Reynard Speaks, 36, was originally charged with second-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police investigated a vehicle crash near the 3200 block of South Fort Hood Street on Dec. 27.

According to an arrest affidavit released at the time, Speaks admitted he stabbed his friend while driving. The passenger suffered stab wounds on his head, shoulder, chin and neck, and had a hole through his hand.

A jury in Judge Martha Trudo's court found Speaks not guilty after about two hours of deliberation.

"The jury did the best they could with the facts they had," prosecuting attorney Mike Waldman said Thursday. "We respect the verdict of the jury as in every case."

In other court action:

On May 28, Trudo sentenced Dederick LeWayne Banks, aka "Twin," 28, of Temple, to 15 months of state jail for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, less than 1 gram.

On Tuesday, Trudo sentenced Daniel Lee Wilson, 25, of Belton, to 15 days of county jail for criminal trespassing of a habitation.

Judge Joe Carroll sentenced Michael Edward Comeger, 32, of Temple, to 47 days of county jail for attempted possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, less than 1 gram, and assault with bodily injury. Comeger was given credit for the 47 days he had already spent in jail.

Carroll sentenced Robby Lynn Piatkowski, 42, of Belton, to two years in prison for driving while intoxicated, third offense.

Carroll sentenced Paul Charles Tinsley, 30, of Harker Heights, to 30 months of state jail for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, more than 1 gram and less than 4 grams.

Contact Jade Ortego at or (254) 501-7553.

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