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Andrea Ball

Investigative reporter

Andrea Ball has worked for the Statesman since 1999, focusing on issues including mental health, poverty and nonprofits. Before that, she worked at newspapers in New York and North Carolina.

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Greg Kelley is released on bond from jail after 3-year legal slog
 For Greg Kelley, it wasn’t real until it was real. Not until the district attorney and judge signed off. Not until bond was set and the paperwork done. Not until he collected his things, left his cell and pushed open the jail door to outside, where friends, family and media were waiting. Then the 22-year-old former Leander High School...

Posted: 11 hours ago

For Greg Kelley, it wasn’t real until it was real. Not until the district attorney and judge signed off. Not until bond was set and the paperwork done. Not until he collected his things, left his cell and pushed open the jail door to outside, where friends, family and media were waiting. Then the 22-year-old former Leander High School...
DOCUMENT: Greg Kelley stopped lawyers from investigating other suspect
 A defense attorney who helped represent Greg Kelley wrote in an email that Kelley refused to participate in any investigation of a friend who is now considered a suspect in a child sexual assault — newly disclosed information that could mark the latest rapid turn in the case. A new court filing, obtained by the American-Statesman and...

Posted: 19 hours ago

A defense attorney who helped represent Greg Kelley wrote in an email that Kelley refused to participate in any investigation of a friend who is now considered a suspect in a child sexual assault — newly disclosed information that could mark the latest rapid turn in the case. A new court filing, obtained by the American-Statesman and...
Greg Kelley is released from jail on bond in child sex assault case
 Update: In a 10-page order Tuesday, State District Judge Donna King said she was granting bond to Greg Kelley after finding that his due process rights were violated during a flawed Cedar Park police investigation. King took issue with several aspects of the investigation, including that Cedar Park police detective Chris Dailey did not corroborate...

Posted: 16 hours ago

Update: In a 10-page order Tuesday, State District Judge Donna King said she was granting bond to Greg Kelley after finding that his due process rights were violated during a flawed Cedar Park police investigation. King took issue with several aspects of the investigation, including that Cedar Park police detective Chris Dailey did not corroborate...
GREG KELLEY CASE: Texas Ranger affidavit contradicts Kelley statements
 In the weeks before a 4-year-old boy accused Greg Kelley of molesting him in 2013, the former Leander football player was obsessed with pornography, spent hours alone with children attending the in-home daycare where he lived, and took a selfie of himself with the victim, according to a search warrant filed in Williamson County District Court...

Posted: 5 days ago

In the weeks before a 4-year-old boy accused Greg Kelley of molesting him in 2013, the former Leander football player was obsessed with pornography, spent hours alone with children attending the in-home daycare where he lived, and took a selfie of himself with the victim, according to a search warrant filed in Williamson County District Court...
GREG KELLEY CASE: Judge unseals statement from defense attorney
 Greg Kelley’s lawyers are fighting to keep secret statements by Kelley’s first trial attorney, saying that they fall under attorney-client privilege and shouldn’t be made public. But Patricia Cummings says she wants to reveal exactly why she defended her client the way she did because her name is being dragged through...

Posted: 7 days ago

Greg Kelley’s lawyers are fighting to keep secret statements by Kelley’s first trial attorney, saying that they fall under attorney-client privilege and shouldn’t be made public. But Patricia Cummings says she wants to reveal exactly why she defended her client the way she did because her name is being dragged through...
Judge unseals records of alleged conflict of interest in Greg Kelley case
 5 p.m. update: Today’s hearing has ended without Judge Donna King making a ruling on whether an affidavit detailing decisions made by Kelley’s defense team that impacted his trial in 2014. However, King did decide to unseal and release an affidavit in which Kelley’s trial defense attorney, Patricia Cummings, addresses allegations...

Posted: 7 days ago

5 p.m. update: Today’s hearing has ended without Judge Donna King making a ruling on whether an affidavit detailing decisions made by Kelley’s defense team that impacted his trial in 2014. However, King did decide to unseal and release an affidavit in which Kelley’s trial defense attorney, Patricia Cummings, addresses allegations...
Cat rescuer at Austin Pets Alive was known for kindness — and sass
 Lundy would have made a good reality show star. First, there was the name: Lundy. Just Lundy. Like Prince or Sting. His one-word moniker was his legal name, as evidenced by his driver’s license. There was the attitude: part sass, part snark, part kindness, part compassion. And then, of course, there were the cats, the thousands of them...

Posted: 7 days ago

Lundy would have made a good reality show star. First, there was the name: Lundy. Just Lundy. Like Prince or Sting. His one-word moniker was his legal name, as evidenced by his driver’s license. There was the attitude: part sass, part snark, part kindness, part compassion. And then, of course, there were the cats, the thousands of them...
GREG KELLEY CASE: ‘Deficient’ investigation spurs review at City Hall
 Two key players in the recent Greg Kelley court hearings are dealing with fallout from the case. Kelley’s trial lawyer is pushing back against claims that she represented him poorly during his first trial, asking a judge in Williamson County to let her tell her story in public by unsealing affidavits that detail why she defended him...

Posted: 14 days ago

Two key players in the recent Greg Kelley court hearings are dealing with fallout from the case. Kelley’s trial lawyer is pushing back against claims that she represented him poorly during his first trial, asking a judge in Williamson County to let her tell her story in public by unsealing affidavits that detail why she defended him...
‘CATASTROPHIC FAILURE’: Justice system failed in Kelley case, DA says
 In a powerful speech to the court Friday, Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick delivered a sweeping condemnation of the case that led to Greg Kelley’s conviction on child sexual assault charges, saying he thinks the bulk of the criminal justice system — from police, prosecutors and Kelley’s defense lawyer to a...

Posted: 18 days ago

In a powerful speech to the court Friday, Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick delivered a sweeping condemnation of the case that led to Greg Kelley’s conviction on child sexual assault charges, saying he thinks the bulk of the criminal justice system — from police, prosecutors and Kelley’s defense lawyer to a...
As Greg Kelley hearing ends, DA says prosecutors, Cedar Park police failed: ‘This can’t happen.’
 Noon update: In a powerful speech to the court, Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick apologized to the family of the 4-year-old sexual abuse victim whose outcry ultimately sent Greg Kelley to prison.  The Cedar Park Police Department investigation was "wholly insufficient," Dick said.  Kelley's lawyer had...

Posted: 19 days ago

Noon update: In a powerful speech to the court, Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick apologized to the family of the 4-year-old sexual abuse victim whose outcry ultimately sent Greg Kelley to prison.  The Cedar Park Police Department investigation was "wholly insufficient," Dick said.  Kelley's lawyer had...
GREG KELLEY CASE: Texas Ranger tears into Cedar Park police work
 In striking testimony Thursday, a Texas Ranger said he has identified three suspects in the child sexual assault case that led to Greg Kelley’s conviction and 25-year prison sentence. One of those suspects, he said, is Kelley. Another is Johnathan McCarty, whom prosecutors have previously named. Ranger Cody Mitchell said on the stand...

Posted: 19 days ago

In striking testimony Thursday, a Texas Ranger said he has identified three suspects in the child sexual assault case that led to Greg Kelley’s conviction and 25-year prison sentence. One of those suspects, he said, is Kelley. Another is Johnathan McCarty, whom prosecutors have previously named. Ranger Cody Mitchell said on the stand...