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McAfee civil suit trial set for late 2024

Wiley Sonny McAfee

The U.S. Federal Courthouse in Austin, where the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas Austin Division presides. INSET: District Attorney Wiley “Sonny” McAfee. Courtesy photos

A date for a jury trial has been set for one of two civil cases against 33rd and 424th Judicial District Attorney Wiley “Sonny” McAfee. 

On Sept. 25, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman, who is also hearing a civil suit involving the Llano County Library System marked Dec. 9, 2024, for jury selection in Jarret Jay Bous v. Wiley “Sonny” McAfee et al. The plaintiff is suing McAfee, investigator Jack Schumacher, and Blanco County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Adam Acosta for wrongful arrest in the killing of James Robert Poole in 2020 in Blanco. 

Bous was charged with first-degree murder and held for eight months before the charge was dismissed.

On Sept. 19, his attorney, Tanner G.M. Franklin of Hightower, Franklin & James PLLC, submitted an unopposed order to withdraw as his counsel in the civil suit against McAfee. 

Franklin is also plaintiff’s attorney in a second case involving the DA, Zachary P. Hudler vs. Wiley B. McAfee et al., which is set for trial on July 8, 2024, six months earlier than Bous v. McAfee. Hudler was Bous’ attorney in the murder case. His suit claims false arrest after he was charged with evading a search warrant. 

In the Hudler case, Franklin filed a notice on Sept. 25 consenting to have a magistrate oversee the lawsuit process as it moves through the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in Austin.