20 Aug 293rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office Announcement – August 20, 2019
District Attorney Roberto Serna stated that the 293rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office will present felony-offense cases to members of the Grand Jury of the July 2019 term on August 21st, 2019. The District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the grand jurors of the July term for their time, effort, dedication and service over the next five months. The District Attorney’s Office would also like to thank all of the law enforcement agencies who have investigated and prepared their cases for presentation to the Grand Jury. The District Attorney’s Office will continue to hold Grand Jury in Maverick, Zavala and Dimmit County every month where many felony-offense cases will be presented to members of the Grand Jury.
District Attorney Roberto Serna also stated that the 293rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, along with the Dimmit County Sheriff’s Office, provided a free two-day seminar, “Traffic Stops, the Law and Court”, for all law enforcement agencies on August 12th and 13th, 2019.
Mr. Mike Bryant and Mr. Ted Wilson were the instructors for this seminar. Mr. Mike Bryant is a retired Supervisory Special Agent for the Dept. of Justice polygraph program and currently serves as a Special Investigator for the 112th District Attorney’s office assigned to Capital Litigation, and Managing Director for ML Bryant Interests, LLC. Mr. Ted Wilson is a retired prosecutor from Harris County, Texas where he served as Chief of Special Crimes, Major Offenders, Organized Crime & the Major Narcotics Prosecution Task Force.
This course was designed to mirror the actual cognitive processes of law enforcement during traffic stops. These trainings focused on cases governing traffic enforcement encounters and lawful traffic stops and detentions which is ideal for the officer working the streets facing these types of matters. Additionally, these trainings also focused on the legal requirements and limits on the officer’s ability to search.
District Attorney Roberto Serna also stated that on Thursday and Friday, August 15th-16th, 2019, at the ICT Center in Eagle Pass, the 293rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, in partnership with Texas Ranger Jose Sanchez, the Shaken Baby Alliance, the Eagle Pass Police Department, the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas and the Children’s Justice Act Texas Center for the Judiciary Grant Program, provided a free two-day seminar, “The Forensic Investigation in Child Physical Abuse: Making a Difference Together.”
The training topics were presented by some of the best experts in the nation with topics including “Child Death Cases: Natural/Accidental Death vs. Homicide” presented by The Shaken Baby Alliance co-founder Bonnie Armstrong, “Forensic Pathology of Child Physical Abuse” presented by Dr. Jamie Downs, and “Clinical Presentation in Pediatrics: Indicators of Child Abuse and Neglect” presented by Dr. James L. Lukefahr.
The training seminar was a success with 75 law enforcement officers and first responders in attendance. The 293rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office would like to thank all the agencies who were in attendance, especially to the Eagle Pass Police Department, Maverick County Sheriff’s Department, Eagle Pass Fire Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Dimmit County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, and Child Protective Services.
District Attorney Roberto Serna stated that the 293rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office will continue to provide free seminars for all law enforcement agencies for the rest of 2019 and 2020.