Judge blocks Uvalde DA from joining public records lawsuit; grand jury could weigh potential criminal charges in Oct.

District Attorney Christina Mitchell sought to join suit filed against DPS over blocked open records requests

File: Robb Elementary school shooting. (Joshua Saunders, KSAT)

AUSTIN – A state district court judge in Austin has blocked Uvalde County District Attorney Christina Mitchell from intervening in an ongoing lawsuit filed by more than a dozen media organizations against the Texas Department of Public Safety over records from last year’s Uvalde school massacre.

Mitchell had attempted to intervene on behalf of DPS to block the release of records regarding the law enforcement response to the deadliest school shooting in Texas history.

Media organizations, including KSAST 12, sued DPS in August 2022 after the law enforcement agency refused to release public records from the shooting and subsequent law enforcement response.

A judge last week ruled against Mitchell and gave DPS officials additional time to iron out redactions they had previously submitted to the court.

The initial proposed report submitted by DPS was so heavily redacted that it could not be read, an attorney representing KSAT 12 said.

During the hearing, it was also revealed that the Texas Rangers report on the May 2022 shooting, in which 19 students and two teachers were killed at Robb Elementary School, has been completed and is 3,000 pages long. The report has not been released publicly.

An attorney representing Mitchell in court also revealed that a grand jury could be convened in Uvalde as soon as October to weigh possible criminal charges stemming from the massacre.

Mitchell has not said who specifically is the subject of her criminal investigation.

About the Authors:

Emmy-award winning reporter Dillon Collier joined KSAT Investigates in September 2016. Dillon's investigative stories air weeknights on the Nightbeat and on the Six O'Clock News. Dillon is a two-time Houston Press Club Journalist of the Year and a Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Reporter of the Year.

Leigh Waldman is a news reporter at KSAT 12. She joined the station in 2021. Leigh comes to San Antonio from the Midwest after spending time at a station in Omaha, NE. After two winters there, she knew it was time to come home to Texas. When Leigh is not at work, she enjoys eating, playing with her dogs and spending time with family.