Bluntson Back in Court
The man accused of killing 2 children and their mother made another appearance in court Friday. Now, some new faces will represent him as his case moves forward. Mindy Casso was there and brings us the latest.
Demond Bluntson stood with his attorneys Friday as the state officially filed their intent on seeking the death penalty, but it will be the last time the Webb County Public Defenders Office officially represent him.
Marisela Jacaman, Chief Asst. D.A., says, "Under the law, if you are charged with a capital case in which state is seeking death penalty, you must be qualified and on a list."
Since the local Public Defenders Office is not on that list, the judge appointed is the regional Capital Public Defenders Office out of Lubbock who will represent him. The story started back in June when he shot and killed two children, one of them his own, at the Holiday Inn on San Bernardo. The children's mother was also killed allegedly by Bluntson back in their hometown of El Campo. Bluntson was indicted on two charges of capital murder and two counts of aggravated assault for firing on police officers.
Meanwhile, Bluntson remains behind bars at the Webb County Jail with no reduction of bond. "What the court did, it denied the bond based on the fact he did not have jurisdiction- he was sitting for another court."
A decision Bluntson's local public defenders have appealed with the 4th Court of Appeals which according to the state has no bearing on their case. "In our case, which is now where the indictment has been filed, we're just going to proceed."
Bluntson will return to court with his new attorneys on December 7th. His current defense team will assist the new defense team.
For KGNS News, I'm Mindy Casso, with coverage you can count on.