WAXAHACHIE — Following the jury selection process Monday, the testimony in the trial of former Maypearl Police Chief Kevin Coffey is set to begin today in the 443rd Judicial District Court. Opening statements will begin at 9 a.m. in the 443rd Judicial District Court.
Forty-one subpoenas have been issued for witnesses who have been called to testify in the matter of The State of Texas vs. Kevin Coffey. Witnesses include members of law enforcement, public officials, and residents.
According to records with the Ellis County District Clerks Office, of the more than 40 subpoenas issued, some of the witnesses include Maypearl Mayor Adele Mooney, Navarro County Sheriff’s Office Det. Jason Earles, the custodian of records with the Johnson County Advocacy Center, Sgt. Gary Marquis with the Office of the Attorney General and William Pakula with the Maypearl Police Department
Representing Coffey is his court-appointed attorney James Jenkins. Ricky Sipes and Grace Pandithurai are representing The State of Texas in the case.
Presiding of over the case is Judge Cindy Ermatinger. Ermatinger was appointed by then Gov. Ricky Perry as the judge of the 443rd Judicial District Court effective Sept. 2, 2014.
According to the Ellis County website, Ermatinger is a former assistant district attorney for Dallas and Ellis counties, where she specialized in juvenile delinquency, child abuse, and family violence prosecutions. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Ellis County Bar Association, Ellis County Defense Bar Association, Trial Lawyers College, and Texas and Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers associations.
As previously reported by the Daily Light, Coffey has been charged and indicted for indecency with a child —sexual contact and sexual assault of a child. According to indictments issued Oct. 15, 2015, Coffey allegedly began having sex with a child younger than 17 years old on Jan. 1, 2015. According to an arrest warrant issued July 21, 2015, the charge came after the mother of a 14-year-old girl contacted Texas Ranger Adam Sweaney to inform him that her daughter "made an outcry she had an inappropriate relationship with Coffey." He turned himself into the Ellis County Sheriff's Office on July 22, 2015.
According to the 443rd’s docket, testimony is expected to last as late as 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The Courts and Administration Building is located at 109 S. Jackson St. in Waxahachie, with the courtroom for the 443rd Judicial District Court being located on the second floor. Parking at the courthouse is located on the street and is available for free in the parking garage next to the courts building.
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