District Attorney Jana Duty released from jail

Jana Duty's mug shot

Clarification appended

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — The Williamson County District Attorney who was booked into the Williamson County Jail on Friday after a judge found her in contempt of court has now been released.

Jana Duty was released at 5:30 a.m. Monday. Duty was escorted by what looked like family members quickly to the car; KXAN captured it all on video.

Duty was released for good behavior after serving about half of the time to which she was sentenced. She was briefly taken into custody before her sentencing; time she spent in custody before her sentencing was credited while she served her sentence.

She was sentenced after a judge ruled that Duty violated a gag-order, regarding the murder case of Crispin Harmel. The judge ruled the DA also skipped a hearing on the matter.

Duty said looking back it was not a good idea to send an email to a local newspaper reporter, defending herself over the accusations she withheld vital evidence in the murder case. However Duty said she never discussed the details of the case.

The murder case that led to Duty’s troubles ended in a mistrial. Crispin Harmel was accused on strangling Jessika Kalaher in September 2009. Kalaher was found dead in her car near a Cedar Park Wal-Mart. Surveillance video showed Kalaher and Harmel together at the Wal-Mart.

When Duty reported to jail on Friday afternoon she and her attorney’s waived her rights to appeal.

Editor’s Note: Earlier versions of this article said Duty was released from jail early, which might have given the appearance that Duty was given special treatment. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office tells KXAN that all inmates are “given a 2-for-1” time accrual if they are well behaved allowing them to serve less time behind bars.

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