Black pleads not guilty to Trooper Allen murder

Capital murder suspect Dabrett Black is led out of the courtroom by Freestone County Deputy Preston Cordova after his March 1 arraignment in which he plead not guilty.
Photo by April Walker

Dabrett Black was arraigned in the court of Judge H.D. Black last Thursday and pled not guilty to allegedly killing DPS Trooper Damon Allen on Thanksgiving Day. The judge, who once presided over the 77th District Court, was visiting from another district in place of current 77th District Court Judge Patrick Simmons. Simmons will be back in time for the pre-trial hearing, which is slated for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7.

The suspect is being defended by Susan Anderson, an assistant public defender with the Regional Public Defenders Office (RPDO) in Terrell. The Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases office is the largest collaborative effort between counties and a state-funded program in the formative years in the United States.

None of Black's family attended the hearing, but Allen's widow, Kasey, along with his mother and sister all attended. Approximately 10 fellow DPS Troopers were there as well. Black was dressed in a bullet-proof vest and guarded by three Freestone County jailers.


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