Something notable is going on at the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center in downtown Fort Worth:
A Tarrant County District Attorney is trying a case.
The late Tim Curry - Shannon’s childhood friend and predecessor – preferred to leave the courtroom work to his assistants, while he oversaw his staff and managed the office. The last time Curry tried a case was in 1977 when he famously lost the case of oilman Cullen Davis. (Incidentally, Shannon was also part of the team that tried Davis).
When Shannon was appointed in May 2009 to serve Curry’s unexpired term after he passed away, he was no stranger to the courtroom - or to high-profile cases.
In 2005, he sent Edward Lee Busby Jr. to Death Row for abducting retired TCU teacher Laura Lee Crane from a Fort Worth shopping center, wrapping her head in 36 feet of duct tape and suffocating her in the trunk of her car.
And in 2003, Shannon got Curtis Wayne Pope a life sentence for stabbing a construction manager 46 times inside a padlocked office trailer at a construction sight.
He also routinely prosecuted economic crimes involving disabled, handicapped or elderly victims who were swindled by crooks and conmen.
Last year, when Shannon was elected to a four-year term, he publically stated that he planned to keep trying cases.
This week’s trial isn’t high profile. A 19-year-old Fort Worth man is being sentenced by a jury for breaking into the home of an elderly man, roughing him up and robbing him.
But it should be interesting.
Whereas Curry was quiet and reserved, Shannon is a firecracker who’s got the gift of gab.
- Melody McDonald