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Coryell County DA to showcase work at forum

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Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2014 4:30 am

GATESVILLE — Dusty Boyd will recap his first year as 52nd Judicial District Attorney at a public forum in the Mayborn Science Theater planetarium at Central Texas College at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The DA forum will be followed by a planetarium show, “Night Catch,” an original CTC production.

Both events are free.

During his 30-minute presentation, Boyd will provide a statistical breakdown and summarize his staff’s work for 2013 followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

“This is the first year the district attorney has kept numbers,” Boyd said. “One of our goals for the year was to have a higher number of case closings than openings.”

That goal was achieved with a year-end total of 840 cases closed and 771 new cases opened, according to Boyd’s figures.

A total of 139 cases were consolidated with other cases, the report stated, and 132 cases were dismissed.

Defendants facing Boyd’s prosecutors racked up more than 720 years in state prison, 206 years in state jail, 12 years in the county jail and 637 years on probation, according to the figures.

The casework resulted in the award of almost $187,000 in fines and more than $140,000 in restitution.

More than $106,000 in court costs and almost $92,000 in attorneys fees also were awarded, according to the figures.

In an effort to save time and resources, Boyd said, another goal will be to bring more cases through the use of a criminal-information process rather than a grand jury indictment.

In 2013, the grand jury system had 374 cases brought by indictments and 83 through criminal information.

A major objective of his office, he said, is to help ease overcrowding in the county jail by moving cases more quickly through the courts.

torwig@kdhnews.com

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