La Grange teen indicted for aggravated assault of a public servant

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Oct. 18, 2013 at 5:18 a.m.

A La Grange teenager accused of assaulting a Mid-Coast Family Services worker was indicted Thursday.

Derrick Jamal McKenzie, 17, was charged with aggravated assault of a public servant, a first-degree felony.

McKenzie was arrested Sept. 11.

Officials said McKenzie found the worker in an office at Victoria Regional Juvenile Justice Center, 97 Foster Field Drive. Then, he locked the door and beat her for about a minute before help arrived.

Last month, Victoria County Criminal District Attorney Stephen Tyler asked Judge Robert Whitaker to raise McKenzie's $100,000 bail because this is not the first time he has been violent.

McKenzie escaped a detention center in New Waverly. He then traveled to Fayette County and, while still handcuffed, stabbed his uncle's girlfriend, Tyler said.

Defense attorney Keith Weiser said Friday that McKenzie's bail is still set at $100,000.

Weiser otherwise declined to comment about the case.

Tyler could not be reached for comment Friday.

Mid-Coast Family Services is a nonprofit that tries to eliminate family violence, homelessness and substance abuse.

The worker, who has been employed by the organization for 15 years, was there Sept. 11 to run a program about drug awareness and anger management, Mid-Coast Family Services' CEO Ginny Stafford said Sept. 17.



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