Trial date set for suspended Smith County constable accused of theft
New bond reduction request denied
TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Suspended Smith County Pct. 1 Constable Curtis Traylor-Harris was back in court Thursday afternoon.
Judge Jack Skeen Jr. set a trial date of Sept. 19. The defense attorney representing Traylor-Harris, Andrew Dammann, brought up several scheduling conflicts but Skeen said he must get this case to trial. Dammann was told he can file motions for continuance if needed.
“Anytime you have people who are waiting in jail for their trial, we try to expedite those cases so they don’t wait too long,” said Smith County District Attorney Jacob Putman. “Judge Skeen also retires at the end of this year. Since he’s been handling this case, he’s trying to get it resolved before the end of the year.”
Skeen also denied another request from Traylor-Harris’ attorney for reduced bond. Dammann told the court his client is now considered indigent and his family is unable to post bond. Prosecutors argued the bonds were set at $500,000 each due to a bond violation.
The court then took up ex parte motions with Traylor-Harris’ attorney. Prosecutors and reporters were asked to leave the courtroom for these conversations.
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