BELTON — Defense attorneys for a man accused of the capital murder of a Killeen police detective in 2014 concentrated on the defendant’s health-related issues at a status hearing in the 27th Judicial District Court on Thursday.
Attorneys for Marvin Louis Guy, 54, called two witnesses they had subpoenaed to testify about Guy’s health. Guy has appeared at court hearings in a wheelchair and wrist bandage since December last year.
Guy remains in the Bell County Jail on bonds totaling $4 million on four capital felonies.
He is accused of shooting KPD SWAT Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie, and injuring three other officers, on May 9, 2014, when officers tried to serve a 5 a.m. no-knock warrant at Guy’s home on Circle M Drive.
Dinwiddie died in a hospital two days later. Guy, a suspected drug dealer, has said that he did not know it was police officers who were entering the apartment and that he fired in self-defense.
Guy’s lead defense attorney, Carlos Garcia, said at a status hearing last month that he would be subpoenaing Guy’s medical records because his client’s medical needs could affect a trial date.
On Thursday, Garcia called Bell County’s jail administrator and a health administrator for Wellpath.
The jail contracts the Tennessee-based company to provide basic health services for inmates, and to arrange care with providers at Baylor Scott & White when needs exceed what can be provided at the infirmary, according to testimony on Thursday.
The state objected to the testimony because no motion was on the table for the judge to rule on.
“We’d like to see a motion,” said Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza, after Garcia had said he would need to review the medical records he received and re-visit health matters at the next hearing. “I don’t understand the materiality and relevance of this. This testimony only helps one side.”
Judge John Gauntt said Garza’s statement would be noted.
Both administrators, Steve Ramirez III, jail administrator, and then Lavina Wright, health services administrator for Wellpath, said in their testimonies that Guy has been receiving adequate medical care, including visits with specialists and an MRI.
At the last hearing, the court set a trial start date of March 23, 2020, but Garcia said that he might have more motions to file.
Assistant District Attorney Fred Burns said the state is ready to proceed and asked that further motions be scheduled so they do not interfere with jury selection or the trial. Garcia agreed that any issues need to be resolved before Christmas.
The next status hearing on the case will be on Nov. 14.