Press Release |September 25, 2015
Fatal Shooting | Officer Daniel Willis
September 25, 2015
***For Immediate Release***
Re: Mistrial in Murder case against Former Bastrop County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Willis
After deliberating for more than two days, a jury of 12 citizens of Bastrop County was unable to reach a unanimous verdict in the case against Daniel Willis who was charged with the offense of Murder.
This inability to reach a verdict clearly indicates that a jury comprised of citizens in Bastrop is unwilling to label Mr. Willis a “murderer” for what were his reasonable actions taken while he was on duty, answering a 911 call for service that degraded rapidly into a tense, uncertain, life-threatening situation, culminating in his decision to use deadly force against Yvette Smith.
This division has clearly shown that the case, while tragic, has no place in a criminal court and should be dismissed without further delay by the prosecutor in the interest of justice.
Robert M. McCabe
Attorney for Daniel Willis
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