Court denies attorney's request
January 13, 2014, 9:00 pm by Lance Reaves
Commissioners Monday reinstated the countywide burn ban and denied a request from a local attorney seeking professional fees incurred from her representation of Scottie Scoggins when criminal charges were brought against the former Llano County jailer.
Attorney Nina Willis first addressed the commissioners in November requesting a court-appointed rate of approximately $5,500 for her defense of Scoggins, who in July 2012 was charged along with fellow jailer Donny Stewart in the death of Llano County Jail inmate, Shawn Appell. Both men eventually pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges in May 2013.
Monday, Willis again stated her case for compensation. She said Scoggins was "terrified” when he first approached her, and after studying the case she felt she couldn’t turn him away. The defense attorney said she worked "really hard” and devoted "many, many hours” to the matter, and believed reimbursement was only fair due to her service to the county.
"I’m the only attorney that hasn’t received a dime,” she said.
Scoggins faced a maximum 99 years imprisonment if convicted. Without representation, Willis said she believed the jailer could have been indicted on the first-degree felony, which she felt would have reflected poorly on the county.
For the full story, see Wednesday's Llano County Journal.
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