Powell to request special prosecutor for Connor Mercer case - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Powell to request special prosecutor for Connor Mercer case

Connor Mercer Connor Mercer
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock County District Attorney Matt Powell is asking a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to work on the case against two individuals accused of providing alcohol to teenagers the night before 17-year-old Connor Mercer was killed in an accident.

Powell tells KCBD NewsChannel 11 that he is close with the Mercer family and will ask that a special prosecutor take over the case to avoid any potential impropriety.

Mercer was killed when his body was struck by a truck in November. Toxicology results revealed the 17-year-old had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit for an adult.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission determined that an adult purchased alcohol for a teenage relative and his friends to be consumed at an unsupervised party.

They recommended a charge of making alcohol available to a minor for the adult and minor involved to the district attorney's office last month.

Powell expects a response to his request in a couple of weeks.

Copyright 2012 KCBD NewsChannel 11

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • The Latest: US men's team beats Slovakia in Olympic hockey

    The Latest: US men's team beats Slovakia in Olympic hockey

    Monday, February 19 2018 8:21 PM EST2018-02-20 01:21:34 GMT
    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:52 AM EST2018-02-20 05:52:02 GMT

    Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are aiming to become the most accomplished figure skaters in Olympic history as the free dance begins at Gangneung Ice Arena.

    Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are aiming to become the most accomplished figure skaters in Olympic history as the free dance begins at Gangneung Ice Arena.

  • Trump offers support for limited effort on background checks

    Trump offers support for limited effort on background checks

    Monday, February 19 2018 1:00 AM EST2018-02-19 06:00:59 GMT
    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:43 AM EST2018-02-20 05:43:51 GMT

    In a series of furious tweets from Mar-a-Lago, Trump vented about Russia, raging at the FBI for what he perceived to be a fixation on the Russia investigation at the cost of failing to deter the attack on a Florida high school.

    In a series of furious tweets from Mar-a-Lago, Trump vented about Russia, raging at the FBI for what he perceived to be a fixation on the Russia investigation at the cost of failing to deter the attack on a Florida high school.

  • Students head to Florida capital to press for gun law change

    Students head to Florida capital to press for gun law change

    Monday, February 19 2018 11:32 PM EST2018-02-20 04:32:13 GMT
    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:43 AM EST2018-02-20 05:43:30 GMT

    A hundred Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students to head by bus to Florida's capital to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of massacre that claimed 17 lives.

    A hundred Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students to head by bus to Florida's capital to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of massacre that claimed 17 lives.

Powered by Frankly