Tue. Sep 26th, 2023

The husband of a former assistant county prosecutor in Texas who assisted with the issuance of protective orders and took many of those cases to court was arrested for her murder on New Year’s Day.

Sheriff Roger Deeds confirmed Sunday afternoon that the murder victim was Venisa McLaughlin.

Her husband, 58-year-old Jeffrey Bryan McLaughlin was arrested on a charge of first-degree felony murder and booked into the Hood County Jail just before 2 p.m. Sunday.

Deeds said that his investigators were going over evidence and that McLaughlin’s bond would not be set until Monday morning.

He provided no details about the circumstances surrounding Venisa’s death.

“We are still actively investigating this call,” Deeds told the Hood County News.

County Attorney Matt Mills confirmed that Venisa worked in his office as an assistant county attorney. He said that in addition to working protective order cases, she handled justice of the peace courts, mental commitments, and various other duties.

He said that she was on staff when he first took office six years ago and that she left “on friendly terms” around the end of April.

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By Buffy Gunner

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