Lubbock Co. grand jury refuses to indict couple involved in South Lubbock shootout

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A Lubbock County grand jury returned a no-bill decision on felony criminal charges against James Stanley Renfro and Sonja Lee Renfro, the couple’s attorney said in a statement Tuesday.

James Stanley Renfro, 70, and Sonja Lee Renfro, 75, were involved in a shootout on Aug. 21 with Ray Delano, 46, in the 9000 block of Avenue P, according to a police report.

The Renfros were arrested Aug. 22 for deadly conduct.

Police said there was an ongoing dispute between the Renfros and Delano. According to a police report, all three individuals fired shots during an altercation. 

Delano was treated for a gunshot wound at a hospital and released the same day, police said.

Attorney Jennifer Bassett, who represented the Renfros, said Sonja Lee Renfro suffered injuries as well.

The following is a statement from Sonya Lee Renfro and Stan Renfro:

“We are not surprised by the decision of the Lubbock County Grand Jury today. The last several weeks have been very difficult for both of us. We are extremely disappointed and frustrated with the actions and missteps of Lubbock Police Department Detective Brandon Price during this process. Detective Price failed to properly investigate this case and his lack of investigation, along with his rush to judgment, led to our wrongful arrests and our integrity being questioned. Furthermore, this mistake has taken and continues to take an enormous physical and emotional toll for both of us which will take considerable time to overcome.

As homeowners and business owners in Lubbock County for over 40 years we will continue to work and live within this community and we want to acknowledge all the love, support and many prayers we received from our friends, neighbors, and clients during this time.”

Lubbock police released video evidence on Tuesday night to explain why those deadly conduct charges were filed.

The following is a statement from Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens:

“We are disappointed in the Grand Jury’s decision with regard to this case and take exception with the inflammatory statements made by the involved suspects earlier today. The arrests in this case were made pursuant to arrest warrants based upon conclusive facts and evidence, including video evidence.”

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