Bath Salt Related Trial Underway in Midland

by Jen Kastner
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A major local bath salt-related trial just wrapped up their second day in the Midland County Courthouse.

James Creech is accused of shooting a man and biting a law enforcement official while he was allegedly high on the synthetic drug.

The incident happened last June in the Mission Dorado neighborhood. Creech, 23 years-old at the time, reportedly went to a home next door, rang the doorbell and then shot Steven Little twice, through the door. One bullet grazed his head, the other struck his neck.

Miraculously, Little survived the shooting.

Law enforcement says they found Creech walking the neighborhood following the attack. When they detained him, he bit a law enforcement official's arm hard enough to draw blood.

In Tuesday's court proceedings, the interrogation video was shown. The video shows Creech claiming to hear voices and see demons. At times, he'd become mute. Two times, he even fell out of his chair.

Although Creech never admitted to law enforcement that he was high on bath salts, his psychologist, who testified on Tuesday, claims Creech admitted to him he was abusing the drug 24 hours before the shooting occurred.

A crisis counselor also took the stand, claiming Creech was still hallucinating about two weeks after the shooting. The counselor told the courtroom Creech claimed to be seeing his parents' faces in rocks.

The law enforcement official who was bitten also took the stand, telling the courtroom he now has to repeatedly undergo testing for Hepatitis C and other infectious diseases.

The official stated Creech was "acting crazy" after the shooting.

The defense repeatedly raised the point that bath salts were legal at various shops in Ector County at the time of the shooting. There was even a sales tax attached to their purchase.

The trial will resume Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.