A Lubbock lawyer will lead the state's first public defender office.
The oversight board for the West Texas Regional Public Defender Office has appointed Jack E. Stoffregen as its chief defender. Stoffregen is a Texas Tech graduate who has practiced law for 32 years. He has tried nine capital murder cases to verdict.
Back in August, we told you the state approved more than $2.5 million to fund the office. The office will be devoted to handling West Texas capital murder cases for those who can't afford an attorney. It can cost a county up to $500,000 to pursue a death penalty case and this office is expected to reduce that cost which in turn will save taxpayers money.