- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) - A Central Texas prosecutor has begun serving 10 days in jail for contempt of court for violating a gag order in a 2009 murder case.

Williamson County jail records show District Attorney Jana Duty was being held Saturday. An attorney for Duty originally said the jail sentence and $500 fine would be appealed, but the prosecutor surrendered Friday at the jail in Georgetown.

A judge on Aug. 6 cited Duty for violating a gag order in the case of Crispin Harmel. He’s accused of strangling Jessica Kalaher.

The gag order blocked lawyers involved with the case from speaking with the media. Duty has said she contacted a reporter to deny allegations that she withheld evidence.

Duty, who was booked then freed on bond, gets credit for time served.


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