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ETX lawmakers hold emergency courthouse security meeting

The Bowie County Commission has had to make a tough decision about pay cuts. The Bowie County Commission has had to make a tough decision about pay cuts.
BOWIE COUNTY, TX (KSLA) -

An emergency session was called Wednesday for lawmakers in Bowie County to address a possible shortage of security personnel for an upcoming jury selection.

The Bowie County Courthouse has had security at its front door for the past couple years, but budget cuts that came down recently forced those positions to be eliminated, said Rachael Cherry, of Judge Sterling Lacy's office.

This Friday, 1,100 potential jurors are expected to arrive at the courthouse. They have been summoned to appear regarding the upcoming murder trial of Tucker Strickland.

The accused man is charged with killing Bowie County Sheriff's Deputy Sherri Jones in 2011.

Security improvements were made possible through federal funding shortly after Jones' death. That grant included money for the addition of more security officers.

Friday is the first day the courthouse will not have security officers posted at the door.

Details about Wednesday's meeting have not yet been released. Stay with KSLA News 12 for updates.

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