LIVINGSTON — A motion to move the attempted capital murder trial of Derrie Derwin Scott out of Polk County was withdrawn Monday by his defense attorney and jury selection in the matter is now scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Polk County Judicial Center in Livingston.
The 55-year-old Lufkin man is charged in connection with an Aug. 23, 2016, incident during which gunfire was exchanged between a Corrigan police patrolman and a driver during an early morning traffic stop in the 1600 block of U.S. 287 in Corrigan.
His attorneys had filed a change of venue motion asking that the trial be moved to another county due to the publicity surrounding the case. A hearing was scheduled Tuesday in the 411th District County in Livingston on that motion, however, minutes before the hearing was scheduled to begin, the request was withdrawn.
The incident began in August 2016 after the Corrigan patrol officer pulled over a Jeep Cherokee for traveling 77 mph in a 55-mph zone.
According to CPD reports, when the officer made contact with the driver, the suspect said his driver’s license was in a backpack on the backseat. The officer then gave him permission to retrieve his license.
After the driver got out of the vehicle, the officer reported the man seemed to be very nervous and then pointed a gun at the officer. The driver is alleged to have fired at least one shot at the CPD officer, who drew his own weapon and exchanged gunshots with the suspect. Neither the officer nor the suspect were reported to have been hit by the gunfire.
According to investigators, during the exchange of gunfire the driver realized he hadn’t put the Jeep into park when it started moving down the shoulder of the road. He then ran to and got inside the vehicle, making a U turn and then proceeded to sideswipe the patrol car, knocking off the mirror before speeding off towards Groveton.
A Jeep, believed to have been used during the incident, was recovered on Sept. 15, 2016, in Trinity County by Texas Rangers and the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office.
Scott was taken into custody on Sept. 17, 2016, during a multi-agency operation carried out in Montgomery County.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the arrest came after a warrant was issued in Polk County in connection with the shooting incident. It was carried out by United States Deputy Marshals, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office SWAT officers, Willis Police, state troopers and Texas Rangers.
At the time of his arrest, Scott also was wanted on nine Angelina County chvarges that included two bond surrender warrants, a felony evading arrest or detention with a vehicle complaint and six probation violation warrants.
He has remained in the Polk County Jail since his arrest. While bond on the attempted capital murvder charge was set at $100,000, four of the charges pending in Angelina County required him to be held without bond.