Smith County constable out of jail after visiting judge lowers bond

Published: Sep. 23, 2022 at 3:41 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2022 at 7:40 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - A visiting judge has lowered the bond for a Smith County constable who has been in jail since May. Online records now show that Curtis Traylor-Harris posted bond around 7:30 p.m. later that day.

Gregg County Judge Alfonso Charles was in the Smith County courtroom Friday afternoon. Charles lowered Traylor-Harris’ bond from $1 million to $40,000 in total after an appeals court ruled Harris’ bond was excessive.

Harris was arrested in 2021 after being accused of stealing from a residence while on the job as a Smith County constable. He has been charged with official oppression, abuse of official capacity and theft of property by a public servant.

Previously, Traylor-Harris’ bond amounts were a collective $1 million. The ruling, signed by Justice Greg Neeley, stated the bond is excessive due to several factors, including a lack of flight risk, as well as Traylor-Harris’ ties to family and the community, and his history of employment. Nor, it said, is Traylor-Harris a risk to the community if he were to be released.

Charles also heard a motion from Harris’ to have Judge Jack Skeen Jr. recused from his case. Charles denied the motion and Skeen will still be over Harris’ case.