Judge Jack Skeen staying on Patrick Kelly case
POSTED: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 5:44pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 12:08pm
Attorney Thad Davidson has been fighting to have Judge Jack Skeen removed from a child sex ring case. Patrick Kelly was convicted in 2008 for his alleged role in a Mineola child sex ring.
In June, a Houston appeals court found his conviction should be reversed and re-tried. The same court said that Judge Skeen gave Kelly an unfair trial and should be removed from the case.
However, after reviewing paperwork, Senior District Judge Alvin Khoury rules today that there is no reason to remove him from the trial. Khoury says, "Judge Skeen, not being perfect because he is human, certainly could have done a better job, but i have to believe he gave it his best efforts."
Kelly's attorney Thad Davidson says he respects Khoury's decision, but still believes Kelly has not and will not get a fair trial.
Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham couldn't comment.
No date has been set yet for Kelly's retrial.