Courthouse Security

Trey Meynig

Updated: 4/01/2013 9:10 pm

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Courthouse Security

The courthouse in Kaufman County opened Monday for the first time since the deadly murders and is under tight security. All across Texas law enforcement officials are trying to find new ways to keep courthouses, and even prosecutors safe but here in Victoria officials said they're not making whole sale changes just yet.

With the brazen murder of the Kaufman County district attorney as well as his wife over the past weekend, law enforcement officials and prosecutors are concerned, but Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor, said security levels at the courthouse and other local governmental buildings will not be beefed up. Victoria County district attorney Steven Tyler, said prosecutors have to learn, some criminals they put away could be out for revenge and every prosecutor must protect themselves. Tyler said this would send a message to anyone considering something similar that if you kill a prosecutor, they will face the same level of prosecution as if they killed a peace officer, judge, or juror.

O'Connor and Tyler said they see a disturbing trend of gang crimes and murders that are becoming more planned, than random attacks against prosecutors and law enforcement statewide. Steven Tyler and the entire Victoria County Sheriff’s Department hope that justice will be quickly served in the Kaufman County case. Sheriff O'Connor said that security is always a concern, and that the entire staff of the Sheriff’s Department always put security first.
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