Two men accused in choking incidents

A 31-year-old Hood County man was arrested on a felony charge after he head-butted and choked his girlfriend during a disturbance, Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Johnny Rose said.

Kevin Michael Gifford, of the 4300 block of Terri Lee Lane in the Oak Hills subdivision, was charged with assault family violence impeding breathing, Rose said.

The 35-year-old victim was not seriously injured during the June 5 incident, Rose stated, which took place at a residence on Sycamore Court.

Gifford’s bond was set at $35,000.


A 41-year-old Hood County man accused of placing his wife in a choke hold during an argument over child rearing methods was arrested at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, Rose said.

Randal Scott Watson, of the 5800 block of Weatherford Highway, was booked on a count of assault family violence impeding breathing, Rose said.

“The victim had red marks on her neck, chest, and arms indicating an assault had taken place,” Rose stated.

His 37-year-old wife refused medical attention, according to Rose.

Watson was released Tuesday after posting $30,000 bond.


A 32-year-old Hood County man was arrested Monday at a motel on East Pearl Street on a felony warrant accusing him of evading arrest, Rose stated.

Cory Ray Molder, who lists a home address in the 5700 block of Randle Road, was in a vehicle pursued by deputies on May 31 but failed to stop, according to Rose.

The pursuit began in the 300 block of Highway 377 East in Granbury.

Rose said the pursuit “was terminated at the 1800 block of Hidden Valley where Molder fled on foot, evading deputies.”

Molder was in the Hood County Jail on a bond of $15,000.

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