WOODSBORO, Texas — A 17-year-old Woodsboro man appeared in court late Thursday morning in connection with the reported attack on a Black teen in Woodsboro over Halloween weekend.
Noel Garcia Jr. was scheduled to appear at the Refugio County Courthouse, 24th District Court Judge Jack Marr said Garcia's appearance never happened because he waived his arraignment through his attorney.
Marr said Garcia's next steps will include either negotiating a plea agreement with the state, or going back to court for trial.
Garcia could face from two to 10 years if found guilty on the charges.
Rance Bolcik, 17, also has been indicted in connection with the incident. His trial date has been reset for March.
They are accused of dressing up like Ku Klux Klansmen, cornering a black classmate and shocking him with a Taser.
Both teens have been released from custody after posting $10,000 bonds.
Both charges are third-degree felonies and the indictment will include a hate crime enhancement.