It was a day of firsts in the Jasper County Courthouse on Tuesday. A young attorney not only defending his first case, but also winning his first case, a new Assistant District Attorney prosecuting his first case here, and it was the first trial in the county since the arrival of Coronavirus in early 2020 which all but shut down the judicial system.
At issue was 46-year-old Richard Broxton, of Burkeville, and his arrest for driving while intoxicated.
Broxton was defended by Matt Morian of the Morian & Kahla Law Firm, while Assistant DA Robert Bond tried the case before Jasper County Judge Mark Allen and a jury.
Bond said Broxton had been stopped and arrested on Saturday, July 14th of 2018 on Highway 96 north of Jasper by State Trooper Curtis Bennett.
The jury, after deliberating for 70 minutes, returned with a not guilty verdict, giving Morian his first win in his first trial.
Morian, 26, a Baylor Law School graduate, was admitted to the bar in April of 2020 and immediately went to work alongside his father, Billy Morian. Meanwhile, Robert Bond is a native of Fort Worth who has practiced law in Lufkin for many years along with a five year stay out in west Texas. Bond has been Assistant District Attorney in Jasper County since March 3rd.
Matt Morian will be back in the courtroom soon. He represents Todd Ross Whitehead, 24, of Kirbyville, who is accused of causing the May 2017 death of 22-year-old Jacob Hunter Gentry. That trial is expected to get underway in June.