Freestone County Sheriff's Office


Black pleads not guilty to Trooper Allen murder

Capital murder suspect Dabrett Black is led out of the courtroom by Freestone County Deputy Preston Cordova after his March 1 arraignment in which he plead not guilty.
Photo by April Walker

Dabrett Black was arraigned in the court of Judge H.D. Black last Thursday and pled not guilty to allegedly killing DPS Trooper Damon Allen on Thanksgiving Day. The judge, who once presided over the 77th District Court, was visiting from another district in place of current 77th District Court Judge Patrick Simmons. Simmons will be back in time for the pre-trial hearing, which is slated for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7.

The suspect is being defended by Susan Anderson, an assistant public defender with the Regional Public Defenders Office (RPDO) in Terrell. The Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases office is the largest collaborative effort between counties and a state-funded program in the formative years in the United States.


Donations given to FCSO

Sheriff Jeremy Shipley (far right) shows his appreciation to Modern Outfitters for their donation of patrol rifles. Deputy Scott Shaw (far left) and Rick Manning (left center), who was instrumental in the donation, are also pictured.
Courtesy photo

Freestone County Sheriff's Office has been busy this past month grabbing donations and awarding deputies. Recently, Fairfield resident Rick Manning and several business associates donated seven Modern Outfitter 300 Blackout rifles to the department. Commissioner's accepted the donation of guns – worth $6,371 – at the Feb. 14 meeting.

Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said Manning and the group have donated in the past to both Dallas SWAT and Las Vegas SWAT teams.

“These are very good looking guns,” said Shipley. “This will be a huge improvement over what we carry.”

Shipley has a description and serial numbers for each gun.

“Donations such as this allows our office and our county an opportunity to acquire needed equipment and be able to use our available funds in this year's budget on other equipment that is needed or needs to be upgraded,” said Shipley in a Facebook post.


Gift of Bibles thought to be bomb

A suspicious package was discovered at the Freestone County courthouse early Monday morning. McLennan County Bomb Squad was called in to investigate, while DPS and Freestone County deputies closed the entrances to Mount Street on the square.
Photo by April Walker

A gift box containing Bibles was thought to be a bomb by a DPS Trooper early Tuesday morning on the courthouse square resulting in the closing of surrounding offices and Mount Street entrances. 

A press release issued by Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said a trooper discovered the box on a bench on the west side of the courthouse at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9.

An investigation ensued with McLennan County Bomb Squad leading the way.

A card left inside the package explained the Bibles were for Fairfield police and the person referred to police as “Impoverished Smurfs.”

Shipley said in the press release:

“At approximately 2:30 a.m. a Freestone County DPS officer, while coming to the DPS office in the courthouse, observed a box that was sitting on a bench on the west side of the courthouse.

“At that time, an investigation ensued and as further information developed it was determined that the




Donie couple charged with smoking drugs with child

Crystal Rose Wilkins

Responding to a request for a welfare check last month on a child alleged to be smoking marijuana with his mother, Freestone County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested the mother and stepfather and turned the child over to other relatives. According to reports, deputies arrived at the residence in Donie and about five minutes later Crystal Wilkins, 37, and Thomas Wilkins, 35, drove up in a van from a wooded area behind the residency.


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Complaints net meth bust of 6.7 grams

Kevin Gibson

Freestone County deputies arrested a local man after receiving complaints of drug-related activity at the man's home outside Fairfield. Reports show FCSO Lt. Robert Willis and Make Darby arrested Kevin Gibson, who was found to be in possession of 6.7 grams of methamphetamine, at his home in the Cedar Grove RV Park on U.S. 84 East.

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Shipley reports 6-month stats

The following information is provided by the Freestone County Sheriff's Office regarding a brief summary of stats between the months of January through June 2017 -- the first six months of the year. "FCSO has been very diligent in honoring our oath to protect and serve the citizens of Freestone County and we want to say thank you for the overwhelming support from our citizens and our commissioners that we have received during this time," said Sheriff Jeremy Shipley.

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Local LEOs enjoy luncheon

Local boutique Brenda's Closet hosted a luncheon for the local law enforcement officials last week on the square in an effort to show them support. Joining the lunch were Larry Jones, David Utsey, Rich Howertson, and Kristy Lawrence.

Photo submitted by Jeremy Shipley

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