Turner accepts award


District Attorney Turner presented with prosecutor award

Eagle Staff Report

Special to The Eagle

Brazos County District Attorney Bill Turner was presented the Prosecutor of the Year award by Barry Macha (left), district attorney in Wichita Falls, and Rob Kepple, executive director of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association.

Brazos County District Attorney Bill Turner stood before a crowd of his peers Friday at the South Padre Island Convention Center as he received the prestigious 2004 State Bar Prosecutor of the Year award.

The award, given annually by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, was presented during a statewide conference for civil and criminal law attorneys.

The association announced in June that Turner would receive the award.

Any prosecutor in Texas is eligible for the Prosecutor of the Year Award, although the recipient usually is an elected official, association president Rob Kepple said at the time. It is considered the highest accolade possible for a prosecutor in Texas, he said.

“It is an overwhelming feeling to be honored by people you have so much respect for,” Turner said in a written statement released by the association.

“I have always believed that doing the right thing in each case is what is expected of Texas prosecutors. It’s what we do.”

Turner was nominated by Wichita County District Attorney Barry Macha, who previously served as president of the organization and won the award last year. Turner also sat recently on the organization’s board of directors.

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