Bexar County Courts Prepare for Busy 2022

SAN ANTONIO – For the first time in nearly two years, courts in Bexar County will be fully open in January.

COVID-19 has twice forced delays in in-person jury trials, causing a backlog in cases.

As of January 3, there will be no restriction on the number of in-person jury trials.

“As long as we are in the softer or safer categories, we can continue with jury trials,” said local administrative judge Ron Rangel.

With the number of cases pending, we can expect several trials to take place at the same time.

“We do a lot of murders and a lot of sex affairs and that’s because these are the people who are in detention now,” Rangel said. “So we’re trying to move these courts and these cases.”

Some of these high profile cases like that of Andre McDonald, who is charged with the murder of his wife Andreen McDonald, and Emond Johnson who is charged with the murder of SAPD firefighter Scott Deem.

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As for Rangel, his term as local administrative judge ends after this year, but he will still be an administrative judge of the district criminal courts.

“I was very lucky to be in this position, I feel very humble,” Rangel said.

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