Juvenile accused of attacking Victoria counselor has violent past, officials say

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Sept. 20, 2013 at 4:20 a.m.

A 17-year-old Fayette County man charged with stomping a counselor's head into concrete at a local juvenile detention facility last week has an even more violent past, prosecutors say.

Victoria County District Attorney Stephen Tyler laid out for Judge Robert Whitaker on Friday why Whitaker should consider adding more restrictions for Derrick McKenzie in the unlikely event his family is able to post the $100,000 bail.

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

He also faces an aggravated robbery charge in that jurisdiction, where officials are working to certify him as an adult as soon as a psychiatrist declares him competent to stand trial, he said.

Already, while in the Victoria County Jail, McKenzie has placed threatening phone calls, Tyler added.

Whitaker granted defense attorney Keith Weiser a motion for continuance, though.

Weiser had less than 24 hours to prepare for Tyler's request to increase bail, Whitaker said.

The parties will meet in two weeks to work out the bail issues, Tyler said.

But should McKenzie post it, he would only go free if his case in Fayette County was dismissed, Whitaker said.

Tyler also presented to the court a different account of how the Sept. 11 Victoria beating unfolded.

A guard was playing basketball while McKenzie stalked the hallways. When he found a Mid-Coast Family Services worker in an office, he locked the door and threw books and other appliances at her as well as kicked her to the ground for 65 seconds before help arrived, Tyler said.

It was previously reported that McKenzie diverted staff to go attack the about 50-year-old woman by bouncing a basketball and acting like he was running after it.

Whitaker said earlier this week that bail must be set high enough that a defendant will show up for court but not so high as to be considered oppressive. Whitaker considers the safety of the victim and community when setting it.

Tyler charged McKenzie with aggravated assault of a public servant, which is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison.



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