Jones County Courthouse increases security for trial

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ANSON, Texas (KRBC) – As jury selection for the trial of Wesley Dale Mason has begun, higher security comes with it.

“There’s multiple entrances to this place and it’s hard to control all the entrances so that’s the best we could come up with for every bodies safety,” said Danny Jimenez, Sheriff for Jones County.

With safety being the number one priority, the sheriff is adding more deputies and bringing in assistance from DPS troopers and The Texas Game Wardens.

“We’ve added because we’re short staffed and because of past events in other places we decided to bring in some extra help,” said Jimenez.

Now having two metal detectors, keeping the one at the upstairs court room door and adding an extra to the front entrance, making everyone go through it. Even people who are visiting for other reasons, like Gary hall.

“I just came to get my car inspected,” said Gary Hall.

He came not knowing there was a trial going on.

“Apparently had to go through this entrance up the stairs, which is different than what I usually have to do and through a medal detector which I usually have to do,” said Hall.

Now he understands why.

“They need to. It’s better to be careful than sorry so I would rather them do it than not. It didn’t bother me none,” said Hall.

They are doing all this to keep an eye out for the safety of those attending as well as the community. 

“Mainly the courthouse because that’s where everyone is congregated but throughout the city and county there’s other people on high alert and paying extra attention,” said Jimenez.

All these measures will continue until the trial ends.

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