by BRAD ROLLINS
A Hays County assistant district attorney testified today that one of her fellow prosecutors and a San Marcos police detective lied about the source of a tip that led to a man’s arrest on drug charges.
Attorneys for Shawn Nathan Shipman, 29, are seeking a new trial on two state jail felony steroid possession charges to which Shipman pled guilty last month on the eve of his jury trial. He has been in the Hays County jail since his arrest in October 2007.
Assistant District Attorney Lynn Peach said in a hearing today that she began to suspect that San Marcos police Det. Laray Taylor, a Hays County Narcotics Taskforce officer, and assistant district attorney Chris Johnson did not disclose in a search warrant affidavit and in testimony that Shipman fell under suspicion as part of a deal struck with a confidential informant. She further alleged that they “artfully crafted” testimony to skirt questions about the source.
“I thought, ‘Holy smokes, he’s lying,'” Peach said of Johnson in response to questions from Shipman’s attorney, David Watts.
After the testimony, 207th state District Judge Jack Robison recused himself, saying, “I’m outta here.”
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