Williamson Co. DA Jana Duty facing contempt hearing

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Williamson County District Attorney Jana Duty could be found in contempt of court after possibly violating a gag order in the Crispin Harmel murder case.

The trial of Crispin Harmel ended in mistrial last year after the defense argued they did not receive key surveillance video with the accompanying time-stamped video. The case is scheduled to be tried again starting Nov. 30, but the judge has placed all parties involved in the case under a gag order.

While preparing for the retrial, the defense team has filed multiple motions against Duty alleging prosecutor misconduct and deliberate attempts to keep evidence away from them. According to court paperwork, Judge Rick Kennon said Friday he would initiate contempt of court proceedings against Duty for possibly violating the gag order by talking to the media about the allegations against her.

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