97th District Attorney Casey Hall charged with theft of property

97th District Attorney Casey Hall was charged with theft of property valued over $2,500 and under $30,000 in Montague County on Monday, July 8.

An order was also signed disqualifying her as district attorney for the case and appointing Matthew Shawhan of the Attorney General’s Office’s Criminal Prosecution Division as district attorney pro tempore. Shawhan will serve as state’s attorney for the case.

Hall was booked into the Montague County Jail at 2:33 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9. She posted $5,000 bail and was subsequently released from jail that same afternoon.

According to the indictment, the crime occurred on October 4, 2022.

“(Hall) did then and there unlawfully appropriate, by acquiring or otherwise exercising control over, property, to wit, United States currency worth $2,500 or more but less than $30,000, of Montague County, Texas, from the owner thereof, without the actual consent of the owner, that is, by deception and with intent to deprive the owner of the property,” the indictment reads.

“I am deeply saddened and shocked by the allegation that has been brought against me today,” Hall’s press release reads. “An indictment is not a conviction. I am confident that the truth will prevail in my favor.”

Hall was elected district attorney in 2016, unseating Paige Williams and taking office on January 1, 2017. She is scheduled to end her term on December 31 after being defeated by Katie Woods Boggeman in the March Republican primary.

“The allegations are absolutely baseless,” Hall continued. “I intend to prove my innocence and will continue to work tirelessly to achieve justice until the end of my term as District Attorney for the 97th Judicial District.”

If convicted, Hall faces between six months and two years of confinement in state prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.