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Defense lawyer claims client convicted in court of public opinion

Posted at 11:06 PM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 00:20:57-04

GROESBECK, TX — Innocent until proven guilty. Experts call it the strongest plank in the American legal system. But right now in Limestone County, one lawyer says a jury of his peers have already convicted his client in a sensational assault case.

David Moore fears the court of public opinion will give the real facts in the case involving his client a run for their money.

Moore represents Randall Keith Dobson, a Groesbeck PD reserve officer who was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after an investigation by the Texas Rangers.

Moore told Central Texas News Now that in the court of public opinion, it appears that a Groesbeck cop shot someone in cold blood.

In order to prove his client's innocence, Moore released a key piece of evidence, the arrest affidavit, long before the trial. The arrest affidavit shows the work of Texas Ranger Sam Dendy and what he learned as the initial investigator in the case.

The narrative states the injured woman's husband, Joey Taylor, fired the first shot in an argument that began to spin out of control, resulting in arguments, fights and eventually the shooting of Lauren Taylor in the shoulder.

Central Texas News Now reached out to the Taylor family, who did not want to comment on the details of the affidavit.

Moore said he doesn't understand how Dobson ended up charged with a crime when the victim's husband fired the first shot.

"Randall got arrested because the Rangers told me if the elements of the offense were there, they were gonna arrest him. So they believe Randall discharged a firearm, shot Ms. Taylor, causing great bodily injury. That's aggravated assault. Those are the elements of the offense," said Moore.

Moore said he hopes to disprove that in court if he ever gets to the courthouse through what he calls a hailstorm of comments designed to convict his client.

Moore calls the comments, like "Lock this M-F up and burn in hell," un-American.

When the Rangers decided to arrest Dobson, Moore took him to the jail himself for booking. He believes evidence still in the lab will tell a very different story of what happened between the two families.