Bulletin Staff Report

District Judge Steve Ellis has heard two afternoons of testimony in the stateís motion to adjudicate a man on de-ferred adjudication for a December 2002 altercation with deputies.

Testimony in Anthony Mercerís hearing began Thursday afternoon after more than a dozen witnesses were sworn in. The hearing resumes Tuesday afternoon.

The state, represented by Assistant District Attorney Sam Moss, alleges that Mercer violated his probation by assaulting a family member on Sept. 26 and by failing to perform court-ordered community service. Mercerís attorney, Nathan Butler, has presented testimony challenging a family memberís claim that Mercer assaulted him.

Mercer was placed on deferred adjudication for two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant.

Authorities alleged that Mercer fought with them in his Lake Brownwood home in December 2002 as they investigated a complaint involving Mercer, and that Mercer commanded his pit bull terrier to attack them, deputiesí reports stated.

Two deputies were bitten, and a deputy shot the dog, reports stated. A tactical team had to get Mercer out of his home after he barricaded himself and his children inside, according to deputiesí reports.

In other recent court action:

Charles Anthony Smith pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to 15 years in prison in each case.

Keith Andrea Money pleaded guilty to burglary of a habitation and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Michael Paul Forbess pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and was sentenced to five years in prison. Forbess also pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to six months in state jail.

Amado Ortiz pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and was sentenced to 12 months in state jail.

Daniel Priester pleaded guilty to theft of a firearm and was sentenced to 12 months in state jail.