Extra security is in place at the Lubbock County Courthouse as an accused killer goes to trial.
Everyone who enters Judge Jim Darnell's courtroom this week must enter through metal detectors. Court officials tell NewsChannel 11 it's rare, but in some cases, extra precautions are necessary. This time, it's because Collie Willard is on trial for the murder of Roberto Esquivel. The case has some ties to the Texas Prison Syndicate Gang.
Willard is accused of fatally stabbing the 22-year-old at a party at a house on East 1st Street in August of 2003. Willard was supposed to be in jail on unrelated charges at the time. He was accidentally released due to a clerical error.
Why Was Collie Willard Released from Jail?
Local authorities are still trying to determine how a Lubbock inmate slipped through the system.