GREG KELLEY CASE

Kelley asks Cedar Park Council to give him justice

Kelley, supporters call for Cedar Park Police to be held accountable for alleged mishandling of investigation

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Greg Kelley appeared before the Cedar Park City Council Thursday night and asked that Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix and Sgt. Chris Dailey be fired.

"I am here for accountability and for the truth," Kellley told the city council.  "The people who did this to me have to be held accountable."

Kelley, who was freed on bond by District Judge Donna King earlier this week, has been serving a 25-year sentence for a 2014 conviction for super aggravated sexual assault of a child. He had been in prison for three years until he was released on bond this week.

Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick has questioned the fairness of Kelley's conviction and a three-day hearing into the investigation that led to the conviction was held by Judge King earlier this month.

"I have been treated unfairly," Kelley told the council Thursday.  

Texas Ranger Cody Mitchell has testified that the Cedar Park Police Department made at least a dozen procedural errors during the Kelley investigation, but Mannix and Dailey have continued to defend their actions.

Kelley said Thursday that Mannix had labeled his supporters a cult and called him a pedophile. "I believe this is toxic, inexcusable and incompetent," he said.

“When Chief Mannix called the investigation the best police work he had ever seen, it became clear that change was required, because an organization is only as good as its leaders,” Kelley said. “This was about winning and having a successful prosecution at all costs and had very little to do with justice and truth.”

A parade of Kelley's supporters, family and friends echoed the former Leander football star's concerns and called for the city council to take action against Mannix and Dailey.

In its Aug. 10 meeting, the council said it had no authority to fire the two police officers, but it did order a review of the investigation to be conducted by the city attorney and the city manager.

"There has been an epic failure of our justice system," said Jake Brydon, one of Kelley's supporters. "We will not stand by while you guys stall and delay justice for Greg Kelley. Do the right thing. We will not be intimidated. We will hold you accountable.

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