12:30 update: After deliberating for almost two hours on the punishment for James Tesi, convicted in connection with a Hurst shootout last year, the jury broke for lunch. Earlier Wednesday, defense counsel Ronald Harden presented six character witnesses in the penalty phase of the trial.
On Tuesday, the jury convicted Tesi of aggravated assault on a public servant with a deadly weapon, for the shootout with Colleyville warrant Office John Fossett last July. After testimony concluded, the judge read the charge to the jury. Punishment could range from probation to life in prison. - Steve Norder