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Trial dates set for former Nueces County Jailers arrested after inmate's death

Posted at 12:57 PM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 19:17:57-05

THREE FORMER NUECES COUNTY JAILERS WHO WERE ARRESTED OVER ACTIONS THAT TOOK PLACE AROUND THE TIME OF AN INMATE'S DEATH WERE IN COURT THIS MORNING. — A former Nueces County Jailer and two currently employed county jailers who were arrested over actions that took place around the time of an inmate's death were in court this morning.

William Fielder, Richard Culp and Javier Zapata, Jr. appeared before Judge Sandra Watts in the 117th District Court.

The three were indicted in October after being implicated in actions that took place around the time of inmate David Johnson's death at the Nueces County Jail.

According to the Nueces County Medical Examiner's Office, Johnson, 49, died of acute bronchopneumonia on Dec. 15, 2018.

All three men have been charged with official oppression and tampering with government records.

Zapata is facing an additional charge of invasive visual recording.

Zapata resigned in lieu of termination in January 2019.

The findings of an investigation by the Texas Rangers led to the resignation of Fielder and Culp, who were later reinstated.

Judge Watts set Fielder and Culp's trial date for March 17 and Javier Zapata, Jr.'s date on March 24.

All three are out on bond.