65-year-old Johnson, who defeated former prosecutor Abel Reyna in the 2018 Republican primary, shot back after the trial, saying Tetens “doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.”
“Josh Tetens has likely been appointed by the court, and if he’s so concerned about taxpayers’ money, maybe he should return the money he made on this case and stop taking court-ordered cases in the future,” Johnson said after the McClain trial.
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Tetens reiterated in his campaign announcement that it was time for a change.
“It is time for someone with real criminal law experience to lead the prosecution,” he said. “I am grateful for the broad base of support from past and current prosecutors, both active and retired law enforcement officers and defense attorneys, who have all encouraged me to run. We need a district attorney willing to take difficult cases, communicate effectively with victims, law enforcement agencies, and the community to seek justice in any case.
“The district attorney’s main oath is to seek justice, and as McLennan County’s chief law enforcement officer, I will do just that. Our community desperately needs a prosecutor who is familiar with criminal law, is proactive and willing to do whatever it takes to protect and serve our community – it is time for Tetens, ”he said.