Magers pleads guilty to DWI second

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
Grayson County Judge Bill Magers makes welcoming comments at the Grayson County Republican Party Lincoln Reagan Dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn in Denison in February 2018.

Grayson County Judge Bill Magers was in the County Court-at-Law 2 courtroom Monday to resolve his drunken driving charge from February.

Magers pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated second offense in the case that began late in the evening on February 19 when a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper arrested Magers after he had been involved in a minor vehicle crash in the parking lot of the Valero station in the 3700 block of U.S. Highway 75.

Local media were not allowed in the courtroom during the hearing Monday, but a separate room was provided so media could watch the proceedings live.

According to information presented during the hearing, Magers had 3.5 times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

At the time of the incident, DPS spokesperson Sgt. Mark Tackett said, Magers was taken from the scene of that incident and booked into the Grayson County Jail on a charge of DWI second. He was later allowed to bond out of jail and has continued to serve as the county’s judge since that time.

He later hired former Grayson County district attorney Bob Jarvis to represent him in the case.

The Grayson County commissioners court holds the purse strings for all of the elective offices in the county including that of the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office. GC District Attorney Brett Smith recused his office from the prosecution of the case against Magers. That job went instead to Kimberly Laseter, an assistant Collin County district attorney.

The incident was not the first time Magers had been arrested on an alcohol related charge. Grayson County Court records show that Magers was last charged with DWI in 1995. The case was pleaded down to a public intoxication.

Magers was first elected as Grayson County Judge back in May of 2014 after beating out three other Republicans for the position after Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum decided not to seek another term. Magers had previously served as the mayor of the city of Sherman. A graduate of both Sherman High School and Austin College, Magers was born and raised in Sherman.