David Wilson’s trial is set to resume after a pause from a COVID-19 outbreak

Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 8:45 PM CST
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) -Following the delay of the David Wilson trial caused by a COVID-19 outbreak, the Midland County Courthouse is expected to resume the trial tomorrow with new COVID-19 precautions.

An order signed by Midland County Judge Robnett lists 5 protocols the court will be enforcing going forward.

“Participants will be required to have their temperatures taken prior to entering into the courtroom any number of entries. They’ll have to have their temperature taken that includes the participants in the trial,” said Jeff Robnett, the Midland County Administrative Judge.

The court says hand sanitizers, face masks and shields will also be supplied but no one will be required to use them.

Those COVID precautions aren’t the only thing changing about the David Wilson jury trial.

“Judge Rucker made this decision under the circumstances to reschedule and to put Judge Tryon Lewis to try the case,” said Robnett.

Judge Robnett also says tomorrow’s trial will move forward with one less juror because one person is still quarantining. Retired Ector County Judge Lewis, who is now presiding over the case, will encourage COVID safety as much as possible.

Moving forward, the Midland County Courthouse will be trying cases with a small amount of jurors and be flexible to any interruptions and delays.

Wilson is charged with murder after fatally shooting Midland Police Officer Nathan Heidelberg in March of 2019. Officer Heidelberg was responding to an alarm call from Wilson’s home.

David Wilson’s trial resumes at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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