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Judge who set $4 billion bond is removed from the bench


(Source: Bell County Courthouse)


A Bell County jury has found a justice of the peace unfit for office.

A petition was filed for the removal of Claudia Brown, who set a $4 billion bond for a murder suspect back in 2017.

According to the petition, Brown had failed to comply with law, was swayed by partisan interests and failed to be patient.

The jury heard several witnesses including attorney Dan Corbin, who said discussed several issues about her actions in court.

Corbin went into several issues about her actions while in court saying she would often be confused forgetting who was representing who in the courtroom.

Thirteen witnesses were called during the trial.

The $4 billion bond that caused the petition later was lowered to 150,000 dollars. Shortly after the reduction, she arraigned her own son and set his bond at $2,000.

A neuro-psychologist also took the stand during the trial claiming the judge had a mild neurocognitive disorder and is at risk for Alzheimer’s.

The jury reached the verdict Wednesday evening. Brown is expected to be removed from office.


Judge who set $4 billion bond faces scrutiny for setting her own – KXXV Central Texas News Now

Judge who set $4 billion bond faces scrutiny for setting her own son’s bond
By Brooke Bednarz, Sports Reporter

The Central Texas judge who set a four billion dollar bond earlier this year is now getting criticism for setting her own son’s bond.

On June 22nd, just after 7 a.m., Bell County Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown set Kevin Anton Davis’ bail. He’s accused of driving while intoxicated.

But what caught one local lawyer’s eye isn’t the crime…. Davis is Judge Brown’s own son.

“We trust our judges to be neutral, to be above board, because we don’t know who they have relationships with. Well, with this judge, she’s just proven it doesn’t matter,” Attorney Brett Pritchard said.

Davis’ bail has been set at $2,000.

“Article 5, section 11 of the Texas Constitution says ‘No judge shall sit in any case wherein the judge may be interested, or where either of the parties may be connected with the judge, either by affinity or consanguinity…’”

Pritchard believes Brown is too smart not to know that.

“There are 15 or 16 other people that she could have made one phone call and said ‘Hey, I’m doing arraignments. I showed up down here, and my son is one of the ones being arraigned. I need someone to come arraign him,” Pritchard added.

Pritchard is currently in a law suit with Brown from when she set a $4 billion dollar bond. At the start of the case, Pritchard told the County Attorney he didn’t want to undo an election and setting bonds poorly could be fixed through training. But now…

“I’ve gone back to the County Attorney and told him that I can see no circumstance where she can stay on the bench any longer. You can’t train honesty, you can’t train forthrightness, you can’t train ethics… simple as that,” Pritchard said.

News Channel 25 reached out to Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown for a statement, but never heard back.

Brown’s son, Kevin Anton Davis, was arrested at 2:11 a.m. on June 22 for driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, on W. Elms Rd in Killeen.

Davis was driving a Jeep Cherokee and the rims were causing visible sparks to shoot out from the front tires. The front left headlight was also out.

Officer Keen of the Killeen Police Department smelled and noticed open alcoholic beverages in Davis’ vehicle. Officer Keen made note Davis’ eyes were glassy and his speech was slow.

Davis agreed to a breath specimen, and the results were 0.00. Therefore, Officer Keen believes Davis was under the influence of a substance other than alcohol.

Eight bottles of prescription medicine were found in Davis’ car, too. Davis said they don’t affect his driving.

Brown set the highest bail bond in history, of $4 billion to Antonio Willis whom authorities believe he shot and killed Donte Samuels.

Brown said she set the bond high to make it look ridiculous and get people’s attention.

She said that the bond was set so high to draw attention to a justice system that she believes routine sets bonds too high.


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