Tech student charged with sexual assault, kidnapping released on bail

Published: Jun. 6, 2012 at 9:02 PM CDT|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 1:57 AM CST
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David Watson
David Watson

From Chappell, Lanehart & Stangl, P.C.

Texas Tech student David Watson's $1.5 million bail has been reduced to $65,000, and he was released from the Lubbock County Detention Center today, conditioned on his compliance with terms of bail ordered by 140th District Judge Jim Bob Darnell.

Watson is accused of aggravated sexual assault of an adult, aggravated kidnapping, possession of child pornography, improper photography, and retaliation in connection with an alleged "date-rape" encounter with a fellow Texas Tech student May 6. He maintains his innocence, according to his attorneys, Chuck Lanehart and Laurie Key of Lubbock.  He has no prior criminal history.  A Lubbock County grand jury is expected to consider the case later this month.

The bond reduction came after Watson's attorneys filed a writ of habeas corpus on his behalf, alleging lack of probable cause to hold Watson, and alleging that the amount of bail previously set was unreasonable and unlawful.  Judge Darnell conducted a hearing May 26, both sides presented evidence, and the Judge took the matter under advisement until filing the bond orders at the jail today.