First Assistant District Attorney


Brent Webster - First Assistant District Attorney

Brent graduated from Southwestern University in 2003 and earned a J.D. from University of Houston Law Center in 2005. Mr. Webster joined the DA's office in 2011 as a criminal prosecutor in the 277th District Court. He previously served as an assistant county attorney in the criminal division and the family justice division of the Williamson County Attorney's Office.

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Appellate Division


John Prezas - Chief Prosecutor, Appellate Division

John C. Prezas is the assistant district attorney handling post-conviction matters, including appeals and writs of habeas corpus.  John also advises other attorneys in the office from time to time regarding matters of law and procedure.

John served Williamson County from 2005 to 2011 as a prosecutor in both the County Attorney and District Attorney offices.  During that time he prosecuted both misdemeanor and felony cases against both adults and juveniles.  From 2011 to and through a portion of 2014, John represented clients in central Texas as a criminal defense attorney handling cases for adults and juveniles accused of crimes as well as those seeking to appeal their sentences or seeking help with parole issues.

 
John received a scholarship to attend Harvard Law School where he served as an editor for the Journal of Law and Technology and from which he graduated in 2003.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M-University-Corpus Christi in 1999. 

 

Daniel Sakaida - Assistant District Attorney, Appellate Division  

Daniel Sakaida is an assistant district attorney in the appellate division. He works on post-conviction matters including appeals, applications for writ of habeas corpus, and motions for testing of DNA. He also consults with other attorneys in the office on legal issues related to pending cases.

Before joining the office in 2014 as a public service fellow, Mr. Sakaida worked in a variety of public service offices, including the Capital Case Section of the United States Department of Justice in the District of Columbia, the appellate division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio, the Travis County Juvenile Public Defender’s Office, the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, and the Ventura County Public Defender’s Office. 

Mr. Sakaida attended the University of California, Los Angeles for his Bachelor’s degree, where he graduated cum laude 2011 with a double major in Political Science (International Relations) and History. He then attended the Law School at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2014.




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26th District Court


Trial Prosecutor: Jo Poenitzsch, Assistant District Attorney

Jo Poenitzsch is an Assistant District Attorney for Williamson County currently serving in the 26th District Court of Texas. 

Trial Prosecutor: Blake Ewing, Assistant District Attorney

Blake Ewing is an Assistant District Attorney for Williamson County currently serving in the 26th District Court of Texas. 

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277th District Court


 

Trial Prosecutor: Travis McDonald, Assistant District Attorney

Travis McDonald is an assistant district attorney assigned to screen and prosecute new cases in the 277th District Court and work with local law enforcement drafting search and arrest warrants. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1976 and earned a J.D. from University of Houston in 1983. He was board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1990.

Mr. McDonald joined the DA's office in 1996. He previously served as an assistant district attorney in Waller County.


Trial Prosecutor: Gerard Perches, Assistant District Attorney

Gerard Perches is an Assistant District Attorney for Williamson County currently serving in the 277th District Court of Texas.   

Prior to joining the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office, Gerard was an Assistant District Attorney in the Hays County District Attorney’s Office for three years.  While in Hays County, he was a trial prosecutor in the 26th, 274th, 22nd, 207th, and the 428th District Courts.  Prior to that he was in private practice out of Austin, Texas for 4 years and has also worked as an Assistant County Attorney in Ector County for 2 years.

Gerard received his Bachelor of Arts, in Political Science and History from Texas State University in 1998 and his Master’s Degree in Political Science in 2001.  He earned his law degree from Washburn University School of Law in 2005.

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368th Court


Trial Prosecutor: Danny Smith, Assistant District Attorney

Danny Smith is an Assistant District Attorney assigned to prosecute felony cases in the 368th District Court.  Danny is responsible for evaluating felony cases presented by law enforcement and filing charges. He negotiates and resolves felony cases and represents the State of Texas in felony trials.

Prior to joining the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office, Danny was an Assistant District Attorney in the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office for nine years.  While in Brazos County, he was a trial prosecutor in the 272nd and 361st District Courts, and he also served as the Chief Intake and Chief Appellate prosecutor.  Additionally, he served as an adjunct instructor for law enforcement officials for the Texas A&M Engineering Service police academy both in Brazos County and around the State of Texas.  For three years, he also served as an adjunct professor of Business Law at Blinn College in Bryan. 

Danny received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Political Science and Spanish from Texas Tech University in 2001.  He earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2004.

Trial Prosecutor: Jackie Borcherding, Assistant District Attorney

Jackie Borcherding serves as an Assistant District Attorney in Williamson County assigned to the 368th District Court. Before becoming an ADA, she prosecuted in the Williamson County Attorney’s Office for six years, during which she served as Chief Prosecutor in County Courts at Law #2 and #3, DWI/Drug Court prosecutor, and a Juvenile Prosecutor in the 395th District Court; and created the Domestic Assault Response Team. She graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in English, and she earned her J.D. degree from Baylor Law School. Before prosecuting, she clerked for Presiding Judge Sharon Keller of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. She was the first prosecutor inaugurated into Williamson County Victims’ Advocates Wall of Fame. In 2012, she was awarded Williamson County’s Young Lawyer of the Year.​​​​

Trial Prosecutor: Lytza Rojas, Assistant District Attorney

Lytza Rojas is an assistant district attorney assigned to prosecute felony cases in the 277th District Court. Lytza is responsible for evaluating felony cases presented by law enforcement and filing charges. She negotiates and resolves felony cases, and represents the State of Texas in felony trials.

She graduated from Texas A & M University in 2001 and earned a J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2003.Ms. Rojas joined the DA's office in 2011. She previously served as an assistant district attorney in Dallas and McLennan Counties.

Lytza was board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2012.

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Victims Assistance Unit


The Williamson County District Attorney's Office places the rights of crime victims at the forefront. The District Attorney and her staff will do everything within their power to ensure that victims have a voice in the courtroom and see that justice is done.

The Victim Assistance Coordinators for the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office ensures that a victim, guardian of a victim, or close relative of a deceased victim is afforded the rights granted to them by Chapter 56 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Our Victim Assistance Division works closely with appropriate law enforcement agencies, prosecuting attorneys and the Board of Pardons and Paroles in carrying out those duties.

Gayla Schwab - Victim Witness Coordinator

Alma Vasquez - Victim Witness Coordinator

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Investigators


Chief Investigator

Randy Traylor

512-943-3508

Sergeant Investigator

Carl Leihardt

512-943-1243

Sergeant Investigator

Steve Allison

512-943-1240

Sergeant Investigator

Charles "Chuck" Kelley

512-943-1235

Sergeant Investigator

Amy Larson

512-943-1626

Sergeant Investigator

Scott Davis

512-943-1244

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