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Hays County Pro Tem Formally Served Show Cause Notice in Suspected Contempt of Court Cause

Afton Washbourne, the assigned prosecutor for the State of Texas, by way of recusal ordered by Judge Steel of the Hays County District Courts, was formally serviced process for a motion for contempt of court related to said order.

The Hays County Criminal District Attorney’s Office was initially recused of a faulty police investigation filed by the Kyle Police Department, on behalf of its Police Chief. The recusal occurred on or about October 1, 2020.

The Jeffrey Blake Barnett (Jeff Barnett) claimed to be the victim of “stalking,” and used his officers to file for felony warrant with a Hays County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace.

The real victim was arrested on or about May 27, 2020, for allegations he stalked Barnett. On or about October 1, 2018, the Kyle Police Department generated an official case report which alleged that a “John Smith,” was being stalked and harassed.

It was later learned that John Smith was Jeff Barnett and that Barnett never provided a pseudonym form to the Hays County Criminal District Attorney’s Office to use such a false name.

On or about October 2, 2019, Barnett was reached out to so he, as the Police Chief, could tell the suspected suspect who the victim his department has identified, because the “suspect,” had no clue about any “John Smith’s.” In providing such request for information, the “suspect,” informed the Police Chief that a response was an obligation and unless a response occurred then the “suspect,’ must assume he was not bothering anyone while seeking answers.

It was not until April 15, 2020, (six months later), did Barnett finally reply to any messages. In his reply, he stated that he was being slandered and that is why he never replied before. He could never show nor would he show where he was slandered. Instead, he decided to order his officer to have the “suspect,” arrested, rather than seek civil remedies for the suspected slander he claimed occurred.

That is correct, the “suspect,” was arrested in Bexar County by a Hays County Justice of the Peace warrant. In any case, before October 1, 2019, it was learned that Barnett used his prior civil rights attorney to have the “suspect,” removed from his employment.

Prior to July 16, 2019, and during October 2020, it was also learned that Barnett used his badge to impede the “suspects,” employment (evidence omitted, but available).

So, after the Hays County Criminal District Attorney’s Office recused itself, the “suspect,” filed for pre-indictment habeas corpus relief.

That case file was closed due to the Pro Tem admitting that no stalking occurred; however, it is now the case file where a contempt of court matter sits and awaits for Afton Washbourne’s answer to the court about why she didn’t look at the complete case, as she has confessed to in other hearings.

We have not been provided the show cause notice and only saw the return was entered today, December 31, 2021. There are items highlighted which show things where the Pro Tem was served documents, but failed to consider them.

It will be up to the Court whether it decides to pursue the contempt matter or not, but the case for contempt is very solid. It is solid because the “suspect,’ already obtained confessions in other hearings before he filed the motion; amongst other things the “suspect,” put together during this excessive process to protect a lying Police Chief.