Robertson County DA Asked to Recuse Himself

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The family of two murder victims in Hearne are demanding Robertson County's District Attorney, John Paschall recuse himself from the case.

In a letter written to the D.A. on behalf of the family of Hank Johnson and Chandell Lewis, the family's attorney, Ty Clevenger criticizes Pashall and says that neither family has any confidence in his ability to secure any murder convictions.

During the summer of 2008, Hank Johnson was brutally beaten while staying at a Hearne hotel. Johnson died days later, after being removed from life supports. In October of the same year, Chandell Lewis died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds.

When News 3 asked the district attorney of his intent, Paschall says he will not recuse himself.

Meanwhile, an ongoing mineral rights lawsuit in Robertson County has been refiled and the district attorney's name has been added to the list of defendants. In addition, Hearne Policeman, Steve Stokely has been added as a plaintiff. Stokely alleges he was demoted from sergeant to patrolman for his handling of the Hank Johnson murder and also implies Paschall threatened his job.

To read the letters sent by Clevenger and Paschall as well as read the refiled lawsuit, you can click on the links provided below.