Greenville solo Royal Mullins was arrested on July 30 around 1 a.m., when police responded to a report of a homicide. Officials booked him into jail on a murder charge around 10 a.m. But at 3 p.m. the same day, Mullins was released from jail on a $150,000 bond.
Specific details of the alleged murder weren’t immediately available, as the city of Greenville sought a Texas attorney general opinion about whether it can withhold a copy of the arrest warrant and arrest warrant affidavit, which Texas Lawyer requested under the Texas Public Information Act.
Mullins didn’t return a call to his office seeking comment. Neither did Hunt County District Attorney Noble Walker.
Mullins earned his law degree from the University of Texas in 1986 and received his law license the same year, according to State Bar of Texas membership records. He does not have any public disciplinary history.
Although the city is fighting the release of some records, it did release a copy of one Greenville Police Department report. The July 31 incident report said that police received a 911 call about a “homicide” at 1:17 a.m. on July 30. The incident report listed the same Greenville address for the offense location and the victim’s address, noting that it’s a “residence or home.”
The victim was Curtis Wayne Gray Sr., and the suspect was Mullins, who was charged with one count of murder, according to the incident report.. The incident report listed the weapon as a “firearm handgun” and said the offense occurred between 1:10 and 1:15 a.m.
A Hunt County Sheriff’s Office “arrest/book-in report” said that Mullins was booked on a murder charge at 9:57 a.m. on July 30. But he was released on bond just five hours later, at 3 p.m.
Mullins “bonded out in the amount of $150,000,” Raquel Leach, a Hunt County Sheriff’s Office employee, wrote in an email. Mullins’ arrest record doesn’t show that he has a lawyer, Leach added.
Rob Kepple, executive director of the Texas District & County Attorneys Association, said that the law provides that bonds are supposed to secure a person’s attendance at trial, not to ensure that the person stays in prison. Kepple, a former prosecutor, said he’s seen bonds set at amounts “all over the place” and that many murder suspects get out of jail on bond.
“I’m not shocked a bond would be $150,000, and I’m not necessarily shocked that he made bond,” Kepple said, noting that he knows nothing about Mullins’ case.
When asked whether there is an indictment in the case, Paige Young, deputy district clerk in the Hunt County District Clerk’s Office, said, “We’re not going to have anything that quick.”
The jail records show that the “warning magistrate” in Mullins’ case was Sheila Linden, Hunt County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1, Place 2. Texas Lawyer mailed a request for a copy of the arrest warrant and arrest warrant affidavit to Linden, but she didn’t respond before deadline.
Texas Lawyer also sent a Texas Public Information Act request to the Greenville Police Department for a copy of “the police report or incident report; arrest warrant; arrest warrant affidavit or probable cause statement; call sheet; and a copy of the audio from the 911 call.”
Staff for Greenville City Attorney Daniel Ray, also a partner at Scott & Ray in Greenville, released the incident report, but Ray wrote a letter to the Texas Office of the Attorney General about the rest of the requested information.
Ray wrote that he requested that the information be excepted from public disclosure because, among other things, the records are “the subject of pending criminal litigation.” Disclosing the records might “interfere” with the police department’s investigation and the “eventual prosecution of the alleged crime,” Ray wrote.