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Former Dallas County prosecutor Kenda Culpepper sworn in as Rockwall County’s new District Attorney

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Kenda Culpepper

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Rockwall County finally has a DA who’s not in trouble with the law.

Elected by Rockwall County voters Nov. 5, former Dallas County prosecutor and criminal attorney Kenda Culpepper was sworn in this morning as Rockwall County’s new District Attorney by Rockwall County resident and Justice Carolyn Wright, of the Texas Fifth District Court of Appeals, at the Rockwall County Courthouse.

After being sworn in to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution,” Culpepper thanked the 60-70 family members, friends, judges and attorneys who filled the courtroom for coming to witness the ceremony, and pledged to be a “faithful steward.”

She also praised and thanked her newly-inherited staff of assistant district attorneys, investigators and staff members – especially First Assistant Craig Stoddart – whom she said have been working “under tremendous stress” and “incredibly difficult circumstances.”

Stoddart has supervised the workload at the DA’s office since last June when former, long-term District Attorney Ray Sumrow was convicted and sentenced to prison for 15 years for theft as a public servant.

Culpepper added that, while she doesn’t expect any major changes, what they do will be “transparent” to the entire community. more

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Kenda Culpepper named as GOP nominee for Rockwall DA post

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Rockwall/Dallas criminal defense lawyer Kenda Culpepper (pictured above), a former felony and misdemeanor prosecutor for the Dallas County DA’s office, was named last night as the Rockwall County Republican Party’s nominee for the now vacant Rockwall County District Attorney position.

Rockwall Co. voters must elect a new DA this November. The post became vacant last month after former long-time DA Ray Sumrow resigned from jail, after being convicted of theft by a public servant.

Culpepper is currently a partner in the criminal defense and family law firm Culpepper & Pruitt, which she and her husband Jim Pruitt, a former Dallas Co. criminal court judge, created in 2003.

She was named by the Rockwall Co. GOP’s Executive Committee, after reviewing the names of four attorneys who had expressed interest in the position.

Culpepper is a 1989 graduate of Texas A&M and 1992 graduate of SMU Law School. After graduating she worked for the Dallas Co. DA’s office for three years, where she acquired extensive courtroom experience and achieved a high conviction rate, prosecuting everything from misdemeanor thefts to DWI to aggravated murder and robbery cases.

Since that time, she has practiced almost exclusively Criminal Defense Trial Law. She became Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Specialization in 1999.

Culpepper says she will begin organizing her campaign immediately, since she has only four short months to do so. To read her biography, see her website at: http://www.rockwalllawyer.com/bio.html#culpepper

No Democrat Party nominee has yet been named by Rockwall Co. Democrats.