A 30-year-old man whose case on possession with intent to promote child pornography charges has been pending in the 15th state district court since 2013 will not go to trial next week as scheduled.
Marshal Neil Decker’s attorney Mark Teague asked Judge Jim Fallon for a continuance Friday. And, after a bit of discussion and a phone call to a defense expert who said he couldn’t be in court on the scheduled date of April 4, Fallon rescheduled the case for May 13. Decker has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
A look at the Grayson County Judicial Court Records for Decker shows the case has been set for trial seven times prior to the May 13 setting.
In court Friday, Grayson County District Attorney Brett Smith announced that his office was ready for the April 4 trial date. He offered to have a member of his staff depose the defense witness sometime next week even if it meant working till 10 p.m. one night to get it done and move the case forward.
The court records show Decker was issued a $25,000 bond by Spanky’s Bail Bonds on July 7, 2013. Records also show that Decker was indicted on April 21, 2016 and arraigned on May 27, 2016. An indictment is a formal charge and is not considered an indication of guilt. He was indicted again on Feb. 19 on eight counts of charges that say he possessed visual material that depicted, and that he knew depicted, a child younger than 18 engaging in various types of sexual conduct.
That indictment had been sealed until Friday when Smith asked for it to be unsealed. Fallon agreed to unseal the indictment.