Tyler Attorney Goes for DA Job

Tyler attorney Robert Perkins says he wants to fill Jack Skeen's shoes and become Smith County's top prosecutor. Perkins announced today he has already applied for the job of district attorney. Perkins thanked Skeen for hiring him as assistant DA back in 1996. Perkins said he admires the work Skeen did.

"Jack has been a strong advocate for victims' rights. I think that there is room to continue that work but also to improve upon that work," said Perkins.

Perkins spent years on both sides of some of Smith County's most memorable criminal trials. The Texarkana native now owns a downtown law firm and will take a large pay cut, if he gets the DA's job. Meanwhile, lead prosecutor Matt Bingham is serving in Skeen's post until governor Rick Perry appoints a replacement.