I have 23 years of experience in both criminal prosecution and family law, and have worked very hard to represent the citizens and families of Smith County, both in the public and private sectors. I am the only candidate with management experience.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence (Law Degree) from South Texas College of Law . I am licensed by the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association.
I bring strong leadership, sound judgment and a tremendous amount of experience to the position of elected District Attorney. With 8 years of experience as a prosecutor, I tried all types of felony cases, and I am the only candidate who has tried a capital murder. I am the only candidate who managed other prosecutors, worked on budgets, and served as the acting First Assistant while a prosecutor. I am the only candidate who taught other prosecutors at a state level. As an attorney in private practice, I am the only candidate with management experience and the experience of running a business. I have received HOPE Awards from the Crisis Center for aggressive prosecution of sexual offenses, and for outstanding representation of domestic violence victims. With 23 years of combined experience, I have the sound judgment necessary to do a job that has a tremendous amount of discretion. I am very proud of my record as an aggressive prosecutor who was very tough on violent crime.
Based on recent work with various law enforcement agencies, I would make changes to the way that cases are filed in with the District Attorney's Office, as well as how they are accounted for throughout the prosecution of the case. I would modify the procedure by which cases are presented to Grand Jury, and every time that a case is disposed of, that disposition would go to both the elected DA's desk and the officer who filed in the case, so that the filing officer/agency is also aware of how the case was disposed.
As always, whether or not to seek the death penalty is a decision that takes many factors into account. First, the future danger to the community must be determined. The specific facts of the crime itself, the prior criminal history of the defendant and the wishes of the victim's family must be considered. Ultimately, the issue of whether or not it is in the best interest of Smith County (and the state of Texas), after considering all the above factors, will determine whether or not I seek the death penalty in a particular case.
I have been a prosecutor for over 9 years. I have tried over one hundred jury trials and prosecuted thousands of cases including capital murder, murder, and sexual assault.
I have a bachelor of arts degree from Wheaton College and a Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University School of Law. I graduated high school from Grace Community in Tyler.
For the last nine years, I have been a prosecutor at the Smith County District Attorney’s Office. In those nine years, I have tried more homicide cases than any prosecutor in Smith County. In the last nine years, I have tried more violent felonies than any prosecutor in Smith County. In the last nine years, I have tried more child abuse cases than any prosecutor in Smith County. I have tired and handled each and every one of these cases aggressively and with integrity. This is why I was asked by law enforcement to run. This is why I have and continue to have the endorsement of both the Tyler Patrolman’s Association and the East Texas Fraternal Order of Police. I’m the one who has been working with law enforcement, trying their cases, and getting justice for victims.
The District Attorney’s Office needs hands-on, pro-active management, recruiting and cultivating quality prosecutors while working with law enforcement to improve communication, investigations, and outcomes for each case. We will attract quality misdemeanor prosecutors by recruiting qualified and motivated graduates from Texas’ best law schools. We will have a very high standard in the DA’s Office – one that is dedicated to ensuring the integrity of all convictions.
The high standards I set for my staff will mirror the high standard I set for myself. I will never ask my employees to do anything I am not willing to do, and I will not be an armchair DA. The DA’s Office will not be on auto-pilot under my administration, but it will be a unified team where we do the hard and diligent work to do what is right. I’m going to be in court, and I’m going to be available to help every prosecutor be the best they can be.
Every capital murder case must be carefully evaluated based on the facts of the case. One of the most important factors is the evidence that the defendant poses a future danger to the community. I believe strongly in the death penalty and pledge to seek the death penalty where the evidence available indicates the jury's verdict would support it.