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April trial date expected for Ennis murder suspect

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WAXAHACHIE - Ellis County Assistant District Attorney Jamie Bagnall said the trial for Adam Arteaga, 18, of Dallas, formerly of Ennis, could start in April 2002.

Bagnall said Arteaga could be arraigned in court in February with pre-trial proceedings possibly beginning in March.

Arteaga was indicted Wednesday, Dec. 19 for the alleged murder of former Ennis High School classmate Brad Gunn, 18, of Ennis.

Arteaga was being held on $150,000 bond inside Wayne McCollum Detention Center, the county's jail.

Bagnall said he didn't know if there had been a request for bond reduction.

He said the case had been turned over to Assistant DA Don Maxfield.

With the assistance of his parents, Arteaga surrendered himself to law enforcement officers within the hours that followed Gunn's death.

Lt. Royce Gothard of the Ellis County Sheriff's Department said Gunn's body was found inside his pickup truck between 1:30 and 2 a.m. Nov. 7 just off the roadway of Laneview Road, about a mile southwest of Ennis city limits.

The headlights to Gunn's vehicle were on and the engine was running when Ennis police officer Fred Pontley arrived on the scene.

Gothard said Gunn had died from one gunshot wound to the head.

Bagnall said he didn't know of a motive for the shooting.

Gunn and Arteaga played on sports teams for EHS and summer baseball in the Corsicana Senior League.

Gunn was first-string offensive center for the 2000 state champion football Lions.

They both graduated in 2001 from EHS.

Gunn was the son of Scott Gunn and Lisa Whitfill, both of Ennis.

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