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After waiting 3 days to see dead son, Judge Gravell helps grieving mom change Texas law

May 18, 2017

Currently, parents need permission from a justice of the peace or medical examiner to see their deceased child if his or her death occurs outside a hospital or health care institution. by Sanya Mansoor May 18, 2017 10 AM Wyatt McDaniel died in an accident while playing in a sand pile with his little brother on Jan. 25, 2013. His mother, Lara McDaniel, was not … read more

Thank you note reunites Judge Gravell and Austin man with a message, KEYE News

Apr 10, 2017

The power of thank you will connect a Williamson County judge and an Austin man for the rest of their lives. (CBS Austin) The power of thank you will connect a Williamson County judge and an Austin man for the rest of their lives. In one of the busiest courtrooms in the state, tough decisions come with the territory but some have a bigger impact … read more

Williamson County crime victim advocates rededicate themselves to victims’ rights, CBS Austin

Apr 5, 2017

Nearly five million Americans became crime victims last year. That’s part of the reason behind the annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Wednesday Williamson County marked the occasion by gathering to recognize the people who go above and beyond in helping victims of violent crime. Sheriff Robert Chody pointed to Deputy Jack Danford’s treatment of a family rocked by the suicide of a family member. … read more

Judge Gravell urges more security for Judges in Texas, KVUE News

Mar 30, 2017

Austin, Texas- Almost a year and a half after someone tried to shoot and kill district Judge Julie Kocurek, she spoke to state lawmakers, urging for more security measures for judges in Texas. Monday, Kocurek testified at the Senate Committee on State Affairs. She told them about the night someone shot at her as she returned to her home from a high school football game. … read more

Judge identifies Round Rock couple in apparent murder-suicide, CBS Austin

Dec 30, 2016

  by CBS Austin Friday, December 30th 2016 A Williamson County official says Kiet Chau shot and killed his wife, Van Chau, before taking his own life. (CBS Austin) A Williamson County official has identified the Round Rock couple from Thursday afternoon’s apparent murder-suicide.   According to Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Judge Bill Gravell, the two dead are Kiet Chau, 53, and Van … read more

Affidavit: Williamson JP helps catch impaired driver on Thanksgiving

Nov 28, 2016

Williamson County Justice of the Peace Bill Gravell helped authorities catch a man accused of drunk driving after the man almost sideswiped the judge on Thanksgiving Day, according to an arrest affidavit. Michael Tyrell Morgan, 19, of Temple, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, and driving while intoxicated. Gravell said Monday that he was returning from Thanksgiving dinner with his … read more

Judge Gravell Remembers Commissioner Ron Morrison

Oct 7, 2016

ROUND ROCK — Friends and colleagues are remembering Williamson County Commissioner Ron Morrison as a hard-working and good-humored man who bravely battled prostate cancer and served his constituents well. Morrison, 71, died Wednesday morning after a recurrence of the disease he had fought for more than a decade. Funeral arrangements are pending. “There is a hole in Williamson County that will be very difficult to … read more

Judge Gravell speaks on “DPS making case for border security money”

Sep 28, 2016

The Department of Public Safety will make its case today to the state’s Homeland and Security Committee about why it needs more than a billion dollars to protect our Texas border. It’s already been given almost $800 million and is asking for roughly $300 million more. The focal point of the hearing could end up being how the rest of the state is protected. FOX … read more

Judge Gravell Speaks on, Texas Keeping Track of Deaths and It’s Affecting Public Policy.

Sep 20, 2016

Bill Gravell keeps a pair of camouflage boots in the backseat of his white pickup truck. They’ve been through pastures and farmlands, in the middle of plane and train crashes, he says. Once, Gravell didn’t chance to change out of dress shoes on his way to a body and ended up ruining those shoes. Now, he makes ready at a moment’s notice. Listen Listening…0:00 Gravell … read more

Judge Gravell: JP of the Year

Jun 4, 2016

Thursday, Apr 07, 2016 Williamson County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Bill Gravell, Jr. was named Judge of the Year by the Central Texas Justice of the Peace and Constable Association. Judge Gravell was President of the association for the past term and as he handed over his leadership to the new president, he received the honor, nominated by his Chief of Staff Melissa … read more