Grand Jury Hears Evidence Against Former and Current Constables

By J.D. Miles, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Grand Jury heard evidence Monday against Dallas County Constable Derick Evans and former Constable Jaime Cortes, which could result in indictments Wednesday.

Evans, Precinct 1 constable, and Cortes, former Precinct 5 constable, are accused of widespread corruption while employed by the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.

“We feel like we presented a good case to the Grand Jury and we feel like they’ll make a good decision,” said Ted Lyon, a special prosecutor appointed by the county earlier this year.

Lyon said he conducted more than 50 interviews and spent 200 hours investigating possible criminal activity against the two men. The Mesquite attorney said he believes he found it in campaign finance reports.

“Including bribery including allegations of campaign irregularities, financing things of that nature,” Lyon said. “Going back 13 to 14 years, not just these constables but constables before them, a scheme of campaign financing has been involved over there.”

Lyon would not elaborate further on the details of his investigation. Evans could not be reached for comment Monday night.

Cortes said he has not heard from anyone about the evidence presented to the Grand Jury against him and his former colleague.

“I don’t even know what they’re looking at,” Cortes said.

Cortes announced his resignation in May amid allegations of bribery and abuse of his employees. Cortes has always denied the allegations.

  • Dave

    If he’s a FORMER constable, why is he still wearing a constable’s uniform?

    I’m a former sheriff’s deputy, but it doesn’t mean I can continue publicly wearing the uniform.

    I hope they nail his a$$ on every charge

  • common sense

    haha,thats why your just a deputy. Those pictures are old ones previously aired by the news station. God help the community with people like you wearing the uniform and carrying a gun!

  • Sgt.Dread

    If something is rotten in my house I’m aware of it in a week or so……….14 or 15 YEARS !!!!!!!!!! Chicago style has nothing on these criminals.

  • Novemberlady1

    Derick Evans is the constable that called my son a CHICKEN SNAKE and said you need to cut a chicken snakes head off because my son saw the corruption and tried to do something about it. I hope they throw him under the jail. A man like him is a disgrace to law enforcement everywhere.

  • james

    why are people surprized by the actions of the dallas constables. look at all the other cities & you will find the same thing look at the city council

  • Novemberlady1

    There was opposition to this investigation by members of the city counsel. Now wonder why?????

  • Hemroidious

    Put these creeps away.

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