Knize rules Maypearl PD must give back property
Evidence seized in ‘no-knock’ warrant
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Judge Gene Knize ruled Feb. 19 Maypearl police must return property seized in a "no-knock" search warrant in November.
The search, signed off by Knize as an evidentiary warrant, sought computer hardware and equipment alleged by Maypearl-based Leading Edge Wireless of being used in a "network intrusion," or a computer hacking.
The wireless internet company’s owner, Leroy Nabors, filed a complaint on the allegations to Maypearl PD Chief Lester Taylor, who then contacted Waxahachie’s Special Weapons and Tactics team to serve the warrant in the outskirts of Midlothian, on Sudith Lane, which is home to Webnetized Technologies LLC.
Webnetized is alleged by Leading Edge of stealing equipment, according to assistant district attorney Patrick M. Wilson in the court hearing on the case last week.
Webnetized’s lawyer, Midl-othian’s lawyer Dan Altman, sought for the return of the property because his client had not been charged with a crime.
The warrant was signed and the search, which damaged the front door and windows of Web-netized’s Sudith Lane office when SWAT officers broke entered, was carried out before any criminal charges were filed.
Wilson, who works for Ellis County/District Attorney Joe Grubbs, said the property disputes would be settled before a grand jury in March.
But Knize, who notified Wilson of the grand jury’s duties ending the first week of March, said he was doubtful he would call them back on the Maypearl case and then ruled for the property to be returned.
Knize, however, did stipulate the prosecutors could withhold radio equipment alleged by Leading Edge as being stolen.