A Lake Jackson man has been indicted in connection with the March 8 shooting of Richard Scott Anderson.
Derek Scott Anderson, Richard Anderson’s son, was indicted by a Panola County grand jury during their July term. The indictment states that “before the presentment of this indictment... (he) did then and there intentionally and knowingly cause the death of an individual, namely, Richard Scott Anderson, by shooting him with a firearm.”
The Panola County Sheriff’s Office received a call about 7:19 p.m. on March 8 about a shooting on County Road 3041, Panola County Sheriff Deputy Jeff Ivy said at the time. When officers got to the home, Ivy said they made contact with and detained a woman outside the home.
The woman told officers that the person who had been shot was inside the home, Ivy said. Deputies entered the home and found a man, later identified as Richard Anderson, lying on the floor with what appeared to be a gunshot wound, Ivy said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Initially after the shooting, Richard Anderson’s wife Annette Sipes Anderson was charged in connection to the death. Ivy said Thursday the murder charge against her is not being pursued at this time. Ivy said that she had previously led investigators to believe that she acted alone in the shooting; however, conflicting evidence has been obtained in the months-long investigation.
“Throughout the investigation, there’s been evidence that was presented to the grand jury that they were able to indict Derek for the murder, and I’ll put it this way, there may be other charges coming in this case,” he said.
Anderson is currently in jail in Brazoria County on charges for possession of controlled substance penalty group two measuring between four and 400 grams and three Panola County holds, including one for murder. If convicted Anderson could face a sentence of 5 to 99 years or life in prison.
“Every case has its own set of challenges,” said Sheriff Sarah Fields. “This one was no exception. It’s heartbreaking when we’re dealing with something so violent and tragic amongst family members, because in the end the whole family suffers.”
Panola County Sheriff’s Office investigators were assisted by multiple agencies and sources in the course of the investigation, and they have worked diligently to develop the information and evidence leading to these arrests, Ivy said. Investigators wish to extend their thanks to everyone who has helped in the investigation.