Ellis County constable convicted, resigns and cites 'white' jury for guilty verdict
WAXAHACHIE — Ellis County Constable Pct. 3 Tyron Davis was found guilty in a court of law Friday afternoon on charges stemming from his election campaign.
Davis submitted his letter of resignation following the verdict.
"I feel that (the verdict) wasn't served by my peers, you know, it was more of the opposite, you know, white," said Davis to the Daily Light in the courtroom after the jury was dismissed. "You know, the majority, and I just don't think it was justice."
When asked if "white" referred to the jury consisting of six Caucasian members, Davis responded, "Absolutely. At least, probably, one Hispanic."
Davis was convicted on six counts of failure to affix his signature to applications on absentee ballots and two counts of falsely identifying as a police officer in Ellis County Court at Law 2. The false identity charges came after Davis used photoshopped pictures that showed his head on the body of a Tarrant County constable on his Facebook page and political flyers.
Davis won the seat in the primary run-off election against incumbent Jimmie Ray held May 24, 2016. He was sworn in on Jan. 3.
After the jury had returned a guilty verdict, Davis accepted a plea agreement with the Ellis County and District Attorney's Office. The agreement states that Davis would be sentenced to two days in jail but given credit for two served and fined a $1,000. He would also have to voluntary and permanently surrender his peace officer license, resign as Ellis Pct. 3 constable, accept the verdict returned by the jury, waive his right to appeal, waive his right to a new trial and pay court costs totaling $2,469.20.
For the full story, see Sunday's Daily Light.
Andrew Branca, @AndrewBrancaWNI