A Hooters security guard charged after reportedly shooting a man in the back last September had a pre-trial hearing Thursday morning in the 358th District Court of Judge W. Stacy Trotter.
Attorney C.H Brockett Jr. represented the defendant, 25-year-old Rance Wayne Struck, and asked Trotter to have another pre-trial hearing at 10 a.m. April 12 to have time for further discovery, which was granted.
Prosecutor Bill Prasher told Trotter the State had made no plea offer to Struck, and does not expect to make an offer, so there will be a jury trial.
Struck and Brockett both declined requests for comment after the hearing.
Police arrested Struck in September after witnesses said he shot 25-year-old Jared Moore in the back as Moore was walking away from an altercation between the two at Hooters, 2600 N. JBS Parkway. Moore was taken to Medical Center Hospital with serious bodily injury, but was reported to be in fair condition the next day.
Struck later admitted to shooting Moore when interviewed by detectives, and was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony.
Jail records show Struck was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Sept. 14 and released the same day on a $50,000 bond.
Should Struck be found guilty of the charge, he could face anywhere between two and 20 years in prison.