Citing Medical Issues As ‘Extenuating’ Circumstance
By Orian Gaston, Special to the NavCo Chronicle
At 2:00p.m., on June 14, 2023, Mr. William Biggs was presented before Honorable Judge H.D. Black, visiting judge, in the 13th District Court for a “Writ Hearing”.
Flanked by Deputies of the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Biggs walked into the judicial review. An audience including the Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner and Corsicana Police Department Officer Michael Worthy were awaiting commencement. Readers should recall our article detailing the overwhelming amount of controlled substances, items consistent with the sale of illegal drugs, illegally possessed body armor and weapons illegally possessed by a felon, yielded during a reckless driving traffic stop. It should also be noted William Biggs is currently on parole status for a previous conviction.
Found in the car:
177 gm Methamphetamine
31 gm Cocaine
75 gm pills (suspected fentanyl)
35 gm Heroin
34 gm pills (appear to be Xanax)
3 small bags of Marijuana
Digital scales and packaging materials
Found in trunk:
THC vape cartridge
3 gm pills (with fentanyl)
More scales and small bags
Found in house:
9.6 oz of Marijuana
11 gm of Methamphetamine
15 THC vape cartridge
Texas offender ID of defendant
More Fentanyl pills
12 gm Cocaine
AR 15 Magazines
Attorney James Aulbaugh appeared as counsel for Mr. Biggs. Mr. Aulbaugh petitioned the court for a reduction in initial bond set, due to extenuating circumstances. Mr. Biggs has a “serious medical condition”. While the actual nature or status was not revealed, it was apparent all parties had reviewed medical information and worked to negotiate an extensive plan before the court discussed a reduction in bond, tethered to the wide-ranging conditions.
Ultimately, the court ruled Mr. Biggs bond will be set at $50,000. The conditions are as follows:
- He must Surrender his passport;
- Biggs must pay for electronic monitoring and auditing;
- May NOT leave residence: church, court, weekly probation check-ins & medical appointments only;
- Must provide evidence of all prescribed medications;
- No firearms; and
- Random visits by a K-9 officer, local officer and Sheriff’s Deputy.
The reasoning behind the extraordinarily heightened conditions is apparent. Safety. Mr. Biggs has a serious medical condition, but it is clear the safety of the community remains top priority.