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May 6, 2014

Former JP Murray jailed on drug charge

Corsicana — The legal problems of former Navarro County Justice of the Peace Donna Murray added another chapter Monday.

Murray, 51, was arrested Monday by Corsicana Police on an outstanding probation revocation warrant from Tarrant County, and in the process of taking her into custody, found her to be in possession of a controlled substance.

Asst. Corsicana Police Chief Ronnie McGaha said officers stopped Murray Monday afternoon, aware of the warrant for her arrest on the probation revocation.

“She pulled over voluntarily and officers made contact with her, and she was arrested for the warrant,” McGaha explained. “She was processed and it was discovered she was in possession of a controlled substance under one gram.”

Monday’s arrest is the latest in a string of encounters with the law stretching back to 2007.

The former JP was indicted in October 2007 on drug possession charges, an incident that was followed by two years of legal proceedings and appeals that eventually ended in a plea deal that saw her resign from her position as JP in 2009, and barred her from ever seeking elected office again.

Murray was arrested two more times in 2008 — once on a charge of misuse of information by asking a sheriff’s clerk to run a criminal background check on an individual, and on charges of attempting to falsify a court-ordered drug test when she allegedly asked a jailer to provide a urine sample for her.

She was also arrested in September 2011 on outstanding warrants. She was also charged with possession of a drug test falsification device, a Class B misdemeanor.

Two months later, in November 2011, Murray was arrested in Ellis County on charges of tampering with a government document, forgery, fraudulent use of identifying information and tampering with physical evidence in connection with an investigation involving stolen merchandise from an Ennis department store.

The probation revocation warrant Murray was arrested for is related to a drug possession charge in Tarrant County.

Murray was jailed Monday night at the Navarro County Justice Center, and arraigned Tuesday by Justice of the Peace Kirby Hill. Hill set a $100,000 bond on the drug possession charge. She remained in custody in Navarro County Tuesday night.


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