Woodville Police Officer Marc DeShazo was called to a disturbance at Dogwood Terrace Apartments on South Magnolia April 19. According to reports, Robert Earl Barclay, Jr., 21, of Woodville was strangling an 18-year old female victim. Tyler County Sheriff deputy Jerry Laurent and DPS trooper Shane Moses were also called to assist.
When officers arrived, the two were no longer fighting. The victim refused medical help and also refused to pursue the charges. After officers interviewed both parties, Barclay admitted to his actions. Marks on the female victim's neck also corroborated the story. By law, a victim does not have to press charges in this situation for an arrest to be made.
Barclay was arrested and charged with assault family/household member impeding breath/circulation, which is a third degree felony. Bond was set at $15,000 by Judge Judith Haney.