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Man indicted in Alfred Wright's case

Updated: Saturday, August 9 2014, 12:02 AM CDT

BEAUMONT - The U.S.
Attorney's Office has announced a federal grand jury on August 6
indicted a 28-year-old Jasper man for federal drug violations linked to
the death of Alfred Wright.



Click here to read full indictment.


U.S. Attorney John Malcolm Bales announced Shane Dwayne Hadnot was
indicted August 6 by a federal grand jury charging him with conspiracy
to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance resulting in
death, and distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death.
Hadnot was arrested on August 7 and will appear before U.S. Magistrate
Keith Giblin Friday.


Wright's family released statements about the indictment to KFDM's Haley Bull.


"I am really convinced that this is a follow-up to a full-fledged
cover up and they're using this young man as the fall guy, as the smoke
screen," said Douglas Wright, Alfred Wright's father.


Wright's sister is also speaking out about the indictment.


"Our family, we are appalled, number one," said Kassilia Wright,
Alfred Wright's sister. Number two, it does not justify or rectify the
truth behind Alfred's death. We are yet relentless in our search for the
truth and we are not looking for a scapegoat just to satisfy the minds
of the people, but we are not going to stop pursuing justice, true
justice, for Alfred Nehemiah Wright."


According to the indictment, on November 7, 2013, Alfred Wright,
of Jasper, Texas, was reporting missing by his family after his truck
broke down in rural Sabine County. Articles of Wright's clothing were
found on private land, approximately a mile from where Wright was last
seen. After searchers initially failed to locate Wright, his body was
body was found on November 25, 2013 in brush near where his clothing had
been found. An investigation into the cause of Wright's disappearance
and death revealed his involvement with Shane Hadnot. Phone records,
witness statements, and drug evidence located during the search of Shane
Hadnot's car, indicated that Hadnot was selling cocaine to Alfred
Wright.


During the two-day period before Wright's death, Hadnot and
Wright exchanged 20 text messages. The indictment alleges that on
November 7, 2013, Wright sent a text message to Hadnot at 12:36 p.m.
requesting to purchase cocaine and other illegal narcotics from Hadnot.
Wright went missing approximately five hours later. An autopsy was
performed on Wright's body and toxicology revealed that Wright's blood
contained cocaine, methamphetamine and Xanax. The final autopsy report,
and other experts in the fields of pathology, toxicology, and
anthropology, concluded that Wright's cause of death was an accident due
to combined drug intoxication.


If convicted, Hadnot faces from 20 years to life in federal prison on each charge.


This case is being investigated by the Texas Rangers, Federal
Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brit
Featherston and John Ross.


It is important to note that a grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.

Man indicted in Alfred Wright's case


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