Judge seeks extension in Greg Kelley sex assault case


A state district judge will ask the state’s highest court for more time before she gives it her recommendations in the Greg Kelley case, Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick said Wednesday.

Dick said Judge Donna King could need several more weeks, but possibly as long as December, before providing written recommendations about whether to uphold Kelley’s conviction, whether he should be granted a new trial or whether he should be declared innocent.

The validity of Kelley’s 2014 conviction has been at issue for months, since Dick reopened the investigation this spring and named an alternative suspect. A Texas Ranger testified at an August hearing that the police investigation of Kelley was full of holes and cited a litany of problems with it.

READ: Justice system failed in Kelley case, DA says

The judge’s deadline is Monday for providing a recommendation to the Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest criminal court in Texas.

“All parties are going to need an extension,” Dick said. “We have all worked very hard and very long to do this right, and we continue to work hard all the time. We absolutely want to make sure we get this right and we are diligently going through the record.”

Dick said the work has been further delayed as King considers whether to release affidavits from Kelley’s attorney, Patricia Cummings, in which she discusses her defense strategy in Kelley’s trial, which ended with a 25-year prison sentence.

Keith Hampton, who represents Kelley now, said, “We want the judge to take the amount of time she needs to complete her task as a trial judge.”

Kelley was released on bond last month as his appeals process continues.



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