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Uvalde County District Attorney says school shooting investigation could lead to criminal charges

UVALDE, Texas – The Uvalde County District Attorney is breaking his silence on the investigation into the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School just days after video was leaked by two Austin news outlets.

Christina Mitchell Busby, the 38th Judicial District Attorney, spoke to the Uvalde Leader-News on Friday, saying she has so far avoided commenting on the investigation to avoid jeopardizing the investigation and any criminal charges that may arise from it.

“My primary duty as the 38th Judicial District Attorney for Real and Uvalde counties is to see that justice is administered in a fair and impartial manner to determine whether actions in my jurisdiction rise to the level of a felony,” Busbee told Uvalde newspaper. “This review can only be done after all the facts and evidence regarding an event have been properly and responsibly gathered by law enforcement without bias, prejudice or jumping to conclusions.”

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The prosecutor’s office’s work investigating the shooting has so far drawn criticism from state and local leaders, including Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin and other members of the Uvalde community.

Busbee’s office reportedly provided the surveillance video to Texas Department of Public Safety officials as part of the investigation, but blocked law enforcement and a Texas House committee from releasing any of its contents to the public until expired.

“My goal is to ensure justice for the victims, their families and the citizens of the 38th Judicial District.” That goal cannot be achieved unless there is a thorough investigation underpinned by fairness, integrity and impartiality, free from political and media pressure,” Busby told the paper.

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“This investigation has been and will continue to be a top priority of my office as local, state and federal agencies continue to work together to collect, process and analyze all evidence that will hopefully lead to a clear understanding of this a tragedy.”

Busby said she worked with state and local agencies and the governor’s office during the investigation to “secure state funding” and provide counseling services to the families and community of the shooting victims.

She added that she “will continue in this endeavor.”

According to the Uvalde newspaper, Busbee also remained silent out of respect for the families of the victims and the pain they felt after that tragic day.

She said the early release of information by law enforcement and government officials only added to the families’ suffering.

“As we have seen, law enforcement and government officials made statements early on to inform the public of the facts of this terrible event in Uvalde. The release of the initial information, unfortunately, is based on an investigation that has just begun. This has led to misunderstandings and corrections that have only added to the pain and suffering of victims, families and our community.

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“Like all prosecutors in Texas, I am ethically prohibited by the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct from commenting on any investigation conducted by a law enforcement agency.

“With that background, all I’m ethically allowed to say is that there is an investigation by the Texas Rangers, with the assistance of the FBI, into the mass shooting at Robb Elementary,” she said.

A detailed report on the surveillance video is expected to be released Sunday by a Texas House committee.

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Uvalde County District Attorney says school shooting investigation could lead to criminal charges

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