After the shooting in Kaufman, many counties began evaluating their own courthouse security measures. Henderson County has already made changes to make three of their county office buildings safer.
The metal detector is a new sight for those entering the Henderson County Judicial Complex in Athens. No one gets in without walking through it, including the judge.
"For some county employees it can be somewhat of an inconvenience, but I think everyone understands that it's necessary," says Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee.
Before the security changes, the metal detector was only brought over to the judicial complex when attorneys were prosecuting high profile cases, but now it's becoming a fixture.
"If we can sustain the man power within this year's budget, we'll continue it. I feel confident we can," says Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt.
Sheriff Nutt has been aiming to beef up security for a while, and the tragedy in Kaufman encouraged the county to spring into action.
"It hits really close to home when a prosecutor is killed because we deal with people everyday that we're trying to send to prison or put on probation," says McKee.
Henderson County has also doubled the number of deputies monitoring the annex and the county courthouse, but securing a building with eight entrances isn't easy.
"We've looked at securing all of it with cameras and personnel. but we just got through laying off people. So, it's hard to justify using a bunch of money on that when you're laying people off," says Sheriff Nutt.
Henderson County is doing what they can with the budget that's already been put in place. Legislators in Austin are looking to take action, too.
"I think people are more concerned than they have been in the past with courthouse security and the well being of our public servants who are carrying out and enforcing the law," says Texas State Representative Lance Gooden. Gooden represents Kaufman County and parts of Henderson County.
"It's very important to us to know, as prosecutors and anyone that works in the county, that we're safe and there aren't people in there with guns and knives or things that they're not supposed to have," says McKee.
This summer, county commissioners will review the sheriff's 2014 budget for courthouse security. County officials say many people have already voiced their support of allocating more funds for safety.
Friday, May 24 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:21:23 GMT
From the Tyler Police Department:At approximately 5:20Pm on May 24, 2013, Tyler Police were notified of the motorcycle accident at Grande and Sutherland. The driver of a black Ford F-150 was heading east onMore >>
Rider was not wearing a helmet when she collided with a truck.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 9:18 AM EDT2013-05-25 13:18:01 GMT
Cherokee County authorities are investigating a fatal house fire Friday night. It happened just before 7:30 on County Road 3302 outside of Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Fire Department, Cherokee CountyMore >>
Happened just outside of Jacksonville on Friday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:59 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:59:21 GMT
A Tyler ISD bus driver was arrested Friday afternoon on drug charges.Ronald Gain, 44, of Tyler, was arrested by the Tyler Police Department on one charge of possession of a controlled substance. TylerMore >>
Has worked for the district since August of 2012.More >>