McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna files for reelection

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna filed for reelection Tuesday.

This comes in the wake of a mistrial in the first Twin Peaks trial involving Dallas Bandido Leader Christopher Jake Carrizal.

Reyna has served the county as DA since 2011. In a campaign announcement message, Reyna said when he first ran for District Attorney he promised he would be an advocate for victims.

“After seven years on the job, the record is pretty clear. Violent criminals are finally getting the justice they deserve, crime is down and are streets are safer, and we’ve come in under budget every year,” he said. “The criminal defense bar, disgruntled former employees, and a bunch of out-of-towners from Dallas can try and smear my name all they like, but the facts don’t lie.”

The disgruntled former employee comment comes after former prosecutor Gregory S. Davis accused Reyna of having cases dismissed for campaign donors -- an accusation he made in a sworn affidavit.

Reyna denied those accusations. In Wednesday's press release, he said he wanted to "correct the false narrative being spread about his record in office by criminal defense lawyers and vindictive former employees." A hearing is scheduled on the matter on Nov. 20.

“I’m immensely proud of the dedicated public servants I work with every day, and the real, tangible progress we’ve made against the criminal element in our community,” Reyna said. "We’ve come too far and achieved too much to return the days of sweetheart plea deals and business-as-usual at the courthouse."

Reyna said under his watch, the District Attorney’s office has secured 111 life sentences, 442 plea deals of more than 30 years, three death sentences, and three life without parole pleas from capital murder defendants.

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