Waco: Longtime Central Texas felony prosecutor fired

McLennan County Courthouse. (File)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A senior felony prosecutor with the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office who was set to begin trial on Monday in a capital murder case was dismissed Friday.

Hilary LaBorde, who was chief of the crimes against children unit and among the most experienced prosecutors in District Attorney Barry Johnson’s office, was fired after she and Johnson reached an impasse, Assistant District Attorney Tom Needham said.

LaBorde was set to begin jury selection Monday, assisted by prosecutors Robbie Moody and First Assistant District Attorney Nelson Barnes, Needham said, and other assistants will be added to the team as needed.

“Hilary is a fine lawyer and we wish her success no matter what she does,” Needham said.

LaBorde found a new job quickly and not far from Waco.

She begins work Monday in the Coryell County District Attorney’s Office in Gatesville.