New DA on the job

Julye Keeble

Staff writer

“I’ve been in law almost 25 years, almost a quarter century,” said newly-appointed 38th Judicial District Attorney Mark Haby of Castroville, in a phone interview conducted Monday.

Haby was sworn in to office at the county courthouse on Monday, Sept. 23, at 11:32 a.m. by Uvalde County Judge William R. Mitchell. He has now completed paperwork and been sworn in for all three counties his office represents.

Haby has served as a justice of the peace in Castroville since 2003, and concurrently served as a municipal court judge in Devine since 2013. He served as a municipal court judge in La Coste for 14 years.

He feels his court experience and long relationship with people in the district attorney’s office will be helpful in his new role.

“I will serve the best interests of the people of the counties I serve,” Haby said.

Haby was appointed on Sept. 19 by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to fill the seat vacated by former 38th Judicial District Attorney Daniel Kindred. The term Haby will serve ends on Dec. 31, 2020.

Abbott previously appointed Kindred as judge for the recently-formed 454th Judicial District Court in Medina County. A separate district attorney’s office for the new 454th Judicial District will be established in 2021, but in the interim, the 38th Judicial District Attorney’s office will serve the 454th District and the 38th District until Jan. 1, 2021.

Haby, whose office currently represents Real, Uvalde and Medina counties, covers a territory that spans approximately 3,594 square miles.

The 38th Judicial Attorney’s Office has four assistant district attorneys on staff: Julie Solis, Jeff Diles, Christina Busbee with the Border Prosecution Unit, and Kanon Lillemon, prosecutor for the Violence Against Women Act. Each of the prosecutors works among the three counties of Uvalde, Medina and Real. The office maintains staffed offices in Uvalde and Medina Counties.

Background

Haby has a Bachelor of Arts degree in public justice from St. Mary’s University and a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law.

He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Justice of the Peace and Constables Association, Texas Municipal Courts Association, Medina County Bar Association, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International.

He is a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church adoration, community, theology and service, ACTS, community core team, a volunteer for the annual St. Louis Day church picnic, and a former member of the St. Louis Catholic School Council.

He is a member of the Alsatian Festival of Texas Planning Committee, former assistant coach for Medina Youth Football Association, and a former volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

jkeeble@ulnnow.com, 830-278-3335



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