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Man Who Beat Woman For Blocking Parking Lot Exit Indicted On 4 Counts

Austin Shuffield has been indicted on four charges for assaulting a woman Deep Ellum, Texas back in March.

Shuffield was recorded on cellphone video brandishing a gun and punching 24-year-old L’Daijohnique Lee multiple times in the face during an argument between the two on March 21. 

He has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony; obstruction or retaliation, a third-degree felony; assault causing bodily injury and unlawful carrying of a weapon, both misdemeanors.

Shuffield’s attorneys, Scott Palmer and Rebekah Perlstein, released a statement saying, “while the standard for the grand jury to indict a case is quite low, we are nonetheless disappointed with the outcome.”

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Lee told officers who arrived at the scene the night of the incident that she had been driving the wrong way on Elm Street when Shuffield, who worked nearby, got out of his truck and asked her to move because she as blocking him from getting out of the parking lot. 

According to Lee’s statement, after she pulled into the lot Shuffiled started taking pictures of her license plates. 

The two began arguing and Shuffield slapped Lee’s cellphone out of her hand as she tried to call 911. Shuffield then hit Lee at least five times. 

Shuffield told police he was acting in self-defense when he hit Lee because she had threatened to use pepper spray on him and she had also broken his truck’s rear windshield with a jump box. Police said they could smell “a strong scent of alcoholic beverage” while they spoke to Shuffield.

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He was originally arrested on misdemeanor counts of assault and interference with an emergency call, but the video footage led to public outcry for heavier charges. Police would later upgrade the assault charge to a felony count of aggravated assault. Sheffield was also re-arrested on a weapons charge after the video showed him holding a gun.

According to an affidavit, Shuffield did not have a license to carry the .45-caliber Glock handgun seen in the video. 

A special prosecutor was appointed to handle the charges against Shuffield in September after his attorney alleged that the Dallas County district attorney’s office had shown bias in how it dealt with the case. 

Shuffield’s attorneys said the DA’s office “has demonstrated that their office is unable to make objective decisions on this matter by their actions of clearly intending to enforce laws only when it benefits their cases.”

The district attorney’s office said it disagreed with that sentiment but it did not object to the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Dallas defense attorney Russell Wilson, who previously led the DA’s public integrity unit, presented the charges to a grand jury.

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elliott williams November 16, 2019 at 4:17 pm

How, can a deputy takes a life and not be charged for his crime of a unarmed black man. But if man don’t bring justice Almighty God will because man cannot give life only God.

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Tracey November 22, 2019 at 3:21 pm

Almighty god did NOTHING for our Ancestors during slavery and he’s doing NOTHING now for modern day slavery. If the white man is giving it to us or forcing it on us, ITS NOT GOOD FOR US SO STOP DEPENDING ON THEIR GOD TO STOP THEM!

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Nay November 23, 2019 at 12:26 pm

They don’t want to hear that truth!!

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daedae December 1, 2019 at 10:33 am

Sorry, I can not wait or believe that God will fight my battles, it is up to us and only us to defend ourselves, you can do as they did in the old days and did not fight back and died or fight back and have the chance of living, I choose to live

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THE BLACK FAMILY November 17, 2019 at 9:16 pm

Its plain to see that that America has aloud these criminal white people kidnap black people and slave them and these criminal white people have never been made to pay for there crimes against humanity. So the America justice system will never make these criminal white people pay for there crimes . We black people will have to generate more Dallas Snipers and the doctrine of AN EYE FOR AN EYE & A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH TO SEEK OUR OWN JUSTICE ….. BLACK GANGS HAVE TO RESULT TO RACIAL VIOLENCE FOR OUR FAMILIES .

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shegryl1 November 30, 2019 at 8:07 pm

not sure why or how that simpleton woman beater thght he was gonna get away with pommeling a blk female with his fists,,,and i say that bcus i believe this was a HATE CRIME: but he need the whole book and desk thrown at him .. i dnt see how she wasnt killed that night ,,,as he had drawn his gun on her to let her FURTHER KNOW he intended everything in the WORST way …He didnt if hes a man NEED to draw a gun on HER,… she wasnt armed only parked according to him incorrectly ,,,its not THATserious

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