A court of inquiry has been granted to look into alleged wrongdoings by a Brazos County assistant district attorney. Tyler Judge Cynthia Stevens Kent has set the hearings for July 5-7 in Brazos County.
The probe comes at the request of 272nd District Court Judge Rick Davis. Earlier this month, Davis filed an official complaint against Assistant DA Shane Phelps accusing him of obstruction of justice, official oppression, hindering arrest, abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.
The allegations emerged after a former grand jury moved its deliberations from the courthouse to a Bryan office building. At the time, many speculated the group was considering an indictment against someone in the DA's office. They were, in fact, considering charges against District Attorney Bill Turner.
Davis accuses Phelps of interfering with the grand jury, a charge Phelps denies.
The court of inquiry is limited to Phelps' alleged conduct, but Judge Kent states it could be widened to include anyone else found to have broken any laws.
Hearings will be conducted in Judge Steve Smith's 361st District court.
Tyler attorney Buck Files Junior will serve as special prosecutor.
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