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The grand jury indicts Don McDougal

A grand jury has indicted Don Steven McDougal on murder charges in connection with the death of 11-year-old Audrii Cunningham, whose body was found in the waters of the Trinity River near Livington in February.

According to a news report, McDougal had already been charged with murder in connection with the girl’s death. He has a decades-long criminal history in counties in the region and, as a family friend who lived nearby, was identified as a person of interest in the girl’s disappearance.

A Texas Department of Public Safety criminal history check shows that McDougal has had at least fourteen arrests since 2001 on various charges, including encounters with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Conroe police and more. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to enticing a child in Brazoria County, court records show. Officials did not immediately respond to a request for details about that settlement.