District Attorney

Staff Profiles

Henry Garza
District Attorney
Elected November 2000.  Took Office January 2001.
Meet the DA

Stephanie Newell
First Assistant District Attorney
 Stephanie received her law degree from Texas Tech Law School and was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 2001.

Sean Proctor
Assistant District Attorney
Sean received his law degree from the University of Texas Law School and was licensed to practice law in 1984. 

 Shelly Strimple
Assistant District Attorney
Shelly received her law degree from South Texas College of Law.  Shelly was licensed to practice law in 1995, and is a former Special Assistant United States Attorney.

 Fred Burns
Assistant District Attorney
Fred received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was licensed to practice law in 1986. 

John Erskine
Assistant District Attorney
John received his law degree from Saint Mary's School of Law, and was licensed to practice law in 2011.

Cristin Lane
Assistant District Attorney
Cristin received her law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 2010.

Erica Morgan
Assistant District Attorney
Erica received her law degree from Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 2009.

Debbie Garrett
Assistant District Attorney
Debbie received her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.  She was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 1994.

Katherine Nolden
Assistant District Attorney
Katherine received her law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Dallas, Texas.  She was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 2014.

Jamie Decker
Assistant District Attorney
Jamie received her law degree from University South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota.  She was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 2010.

Justin Bradford Smith
Assistant District Attorney
Justin received his law degree from Baylor University School of Law and was licensed to practice law in 2010.

Sandra Martin
Assistant District Attorney
Sandra received her law degree from South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas.  She was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 2014.

Patrick Sloane
Assistant District Attorney
Patrick received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.  He was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 2012.

James C. Winters
Assistant District Attorney
James received his law degree from  University of Texas School of Law.  He was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 2013.


Billy Curry
Chief Criminal Investigator
Billy holds a Master Peace Officer Certificate and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee's National Forensic Academy.  Billy has been a law enforcement investigator since 1990.

Karl Ortiz
Criminal Investigator
Karl holds a Master Peace Officer Certificate and is a graduate of Central Texas College with an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice.  Karl has been a police officer since 1979. 

Michael Simmons
Criminal Investigator
Michael holds a Master Peace Officer Certificate from The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.  He has more than twenty years of service as a police officer; over fourteen of those years as a detective. Michael has over 1700 hours of continuing education with special emphasis on criminal investigation.

Brian Bobé
Criminal Investigator
Brian is a bi-lingual investigator and holds an Advanced Peace Officer Certificate issued by The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.  He has received specialized training in areas of sexual assault, domestic violence and forensics. 

Jose Navarro
Criminal Investigator
Jose is a bi-lingual Texas Peace Officer with more than twenty years of service.  He holds a Master Peace Officer Certification from The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.  Jose has received extensive training in criminal investigations, to include sexual assaults, narcotics trafficking, and fugitive apprehension.

Dana Bettger
Victim Witness Coordinator
Dana has been a victim advocate since 2000, and holds a Master of Science Degree in Psychology.

Betsy Cruz
Victim Witness Coordinator
Betsy is bi-lingual and has been an advocate for victims since 2000.  Betsy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences.

Ashlee Trevino
Victim Witness Coordinator
Ashlee has been a victim advocate for victims since 2016.