GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Greg Kelley, the teen convicted of molesting a child at an in-home day care, must be transferred from prison back to Williamson County’s custody to appear before a judge.
A Bench Warrant was issued for Kelley Friday, as the controversy surrounding his conviction continues to swirl. Kelley and hundreds of his supporters have long maintained his innocence. An Aug. 3 hearing has been set to address the matter. The bench warrant was issued in preparation for the hearing.
One of Kelley’s arguably biggest supporters, Gaebri Anderson, says she has been waiting for this moment.
“It’s so exciting,” said Anderson, over FaceTime. “I’m ready for him to be here. It’s been a long time coming.”
The former high school football star’s longtime girlfriend says the process to reopen the case, and the developments since should be seen as the result of new leadership that the Williamson County District Attorney’s office has needed.
“It’s not about getting another person on your report card of who you got in jail. It’s really about justice and truth, which I love,” said Anderson. “Williamson County really needs to get that straight.”
Anderson says she’s supported Kelley through it all because she believes him. “I know him. He’s been my best friend since eighth grade–since we met–and I’ve fallen in love with him over the years. Every single day I’m falling harder and harder for him, even though we’re apart.”
Williamson County District Attorney, Shawn Dick reopened the case after saying he received “credible evidence” from Kelley’s defense. Court documents filed by Kelley’s defense team claim another teen was responsible for the crime.
Dick says the bench warrant is standard protocol.
“As a matter of course, anytime someone’s going to have a hearing, they should be brought back to the county here to help prepare for and participate in the hearing itself,” Dick said. “In any case where there’s going to be a hearing and someone’s not in Williamson County, or not able to be brought here, whether they’re in the Travis County Jail, or the Bexar County Jail, or federal prison, or state prison, the mechanism to bring them back to our county is called a bench warrant.”
Dick says Kelley could return to the jail anytime in the near future, or closer to the hearing date and will be housed in the Williamson County Jail awaiting that hearing.
“It’s important to get it right, and it’s important to not allow outside influences to affect how we handle this case,” added Dick.
Sheriff Robert Chody issued a statement Friday saying his department wouldn’t give any info about the timing of Kelley’s transfer other than to confirm when he is in the county’s custody.