District Judge Amy McCartney told the DeSoto Chamber that the court is up to date on processing cases before it. “There is no COVID backlog,” she said, “We held court all along, just no jury trials.” There is a jury trial due later in the month.
Judge McCartney reported a total of 9 criminal jury trials in 2022, of which four were for second degree murder. All resulted in convictions. She compared that to four jury trials with four convictions in 2021. And from 2017 through 2020 there had been seven jury trials in four years.
There is one murder trial upcoming. Judge McCartney said, “Three weeks have been allocated beginning in mid-June to try murder charges against Brian Horn. And that is the only murder case pending before the court.”