Grand jurors indict woman in kidnapping of Rangerette

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A Gregg County Grand Jury has indicted a woman accused of kidnapping a Kilgore College Rangerette late last year.

Nancy Alice Motes faces first degree felonies in three charges encompassed in two counts for aggravated kidnapping after grand jurors for the 188th District Court returned an indictment, filed last week.

The first count includes aggravated kidnapping with intent to terrorize Alexa Blair and aggravated kidnapping with deadly weapon against the young woman, daughter of Rangerettes Director Dana Blair. The second count against Motes is aggravated kidnapping by using deadly force against Dana Blair.

Motes, 58, of Kilgore, was arrested in December after reportedly kidnapping Alexa Blair at gunpoint Dec. 29 from her home in Longview and holding her in a storage unit in Rusk County.

According to the two-page indictment issued June 22, grand jurors for the district court’s 2017 January-June term found Motes intentionally and knowingly abducted Alexa Blair, restricting her movements without her consent to “interfere substantially with her liberty.” Motes then moved Blair from one place to another “with the intent to prevent her liberation, by secreting or holding her in a place where she was not likely to be found.”

A second charge relates to the use of a deadly weapon in the aggravated kidnapping of Alexa Blair, a sophomore at Kilgore College this fall and a member of the world famous drill team.

In addition to the information included in the first charge, the jurors found Motes “did then and there use or exhibit a deadly weapon, to-wit: a firearm, during the commission of the offense.

The second count – and third charge – against Motes is connected to her kidnapping of Dana Blair. Jurors found Motes abducted Blair with the intent to terrorize, and restricted her movements without consent, confining her “to prevent her liberation, by using or threatening to use deadly force, namely by threatening D. Blair with a firearm, a deadly weapon.”

Officers were dispatched to the Blair residence at 6:12 p.m. Dec. 29 after Dana Blair, who had been bound with tape, was able to escape and call police from a neighbor’s phone after Motes took Alexa Blair from the residence and drove away.

A search warrant from April states Motes wore a disguise and was carrying a cardboard snowman when she was allowed into the Blairs’ house after asking to speak with Alexa Blair. Motes then pulled out a gun and directed both women into another room and to kneel.

At Motes’ instruction, Alexa Blair bound her mother with tape and gave Motes a set of car keys and cell phones. The warrant also states Motes allowed the younger Blair to put on shoes before leaving the residence.

After leaving with Alexa Blair, the April search warrant states Motes drove “for some time,” throwing items out of the car window and removing her wig before arriving at an unidentified storage unit in Rusk County. Motes allegedly bound the teenager with tape and choked the young woman before leaving her in the building.

“A. Blair stated that the suspect at one point had choked her and that she had passed out,” the April search warrant reads. “A. Blair said that when she regained consciousness the suspect was still there, but that the suspect later left the storage building.”

The younger Blair was also able to remove the tape, escape the storage unit and use a cell phone to contact the Longview Police Department with her location.

Motes was arrested Dec. 29 at 8:32 p.m., and was arraigned the following day in Rusk County. Although the initial paperwork had to be filed in Rusk County where the arrest occurred, the investigation was conducted in Gregg County – where the crime took place – by the Longview Police Department and the Gregg County District Attorney’s Office.

A motive has yet to be announced in connection with the crime.

An employee in the Gregg County district attorney office on Wednesday afternoon noted Motes’ indictment has been filed but no hearings have yet been scheduled. The county’s judicial records currently list no legal counsel for Motes.

This is not unusual, trial prosecutor Chris Botto said, noting that often the attorney of record is not recorded until the arraignment date. And often dependents don’t get their court-appointed attorney until arraignment.

Botto expects an arraignment for Motes within a month before moving onto the status docket the following month.

At arraignment, he said, Motes will plead “guilty” or “not guilty.” At status docket the state will turn over all the evidence it has to the defense attorney and present an offer to Motes and her attorney.

It will be up to Motes and her attorney to determine if they take a guilty plea or request a trial. Botto said he expects the case to go to a trial position.

“Usually within 12 months we can get it indicted and tried and that would be the goal here,” he said.