Daniel Perry murder case: Travis County DA asks to present evidence to Board of Pardons and Paroles
AUSTIN, Texas - Travis County District Attorney José Garza has written to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to request an appointment ‘to present evidence considered by the jury’ in Daniel Perry’s murder trial. He also wants to Board to hear from the victim's family.
The request comes days after Governor Greg Abbott called on the Board to pardon Perry.
Garza says it's also important for the Board to consider the public safety implications of their decision before making a final recommendation.
"For as long the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has existed, it has been a cautious steward of the power of clemency in our State," said Garza. "We look forward to working with the Board to present all evidence necessary for its consideration."
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The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles sent FOX 7 Austin this statement:
"Chairman Gutierrez, the Presiding Officer of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has received a request from Governor Abbott asking for an expedited investigation, along with a recommendation as to a pardon for U.S. Army Sergeant Daniel Perry. The board will be commencing that investigation immediately. Upon completion, the board will report to the governor on the investigation and make recommendations to the governor. The Board has no further comment."
Perry was convicted of killing Black Lives Matter protester Garrett Foster in 2020 during a 2-week trial that concluded Friday.
There is a hearing on April 11 to set a date for sentencing.