McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna’s first assistant prosecutor and office administrator have notified Reyna that they are leaving their positions early next month.
Greg Davis, a veteran prosecutor who has handled most of the office’s death penalty cases, and Julissa Contreras, who has worked for Reyna since before he became district attorney in 2011, confirmed Monday that they have resigned from their jobs.
“It is a decision I have been thinking about for some time,” said Davis, 62, who started work as an assistant district attorney for former Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade in 1977.
Contreras worked with Reyna and his father, Felipe Reyna, when the two shared a law office about 15 years ago.
Like Davis, Contreras confirmed her resignation but declined additional comment.
Contreras left work Friday and Davis cleaned out his office during the weekend, courthouse sources said Monday.
Reyna confirmed that both were leaving effective Aug. 8, but said he would not discuss office personnel matters.
“As with any personnel change, we will maintain our focus on fighting crime in McLennan County,” Reyna said.
Davis, who has tried three capital murder cases that ended with death penalty verdicts in the three years he has been in McLennan County, declined to say if he has another job lined up.
Before he came to Waco, Davis worked as a prosecutor in Collin County. He has put 20 killers from Dallas, Collin and McLennan counties on death row and is considered the state leader in death penalty verdicts among current Texas prosecutors.
Davis, a Garland native, has prosecuted 22 death penalty trials, including one woman he tried twice. He has only failed once to obtain a death sentence from a jury.
In a story earlier this year about Davis’ trial record, Reyna called him an “incredible asset” to his office.
Contreras and Davis are the sixth and seventh employees to resign from the DA’s office this year, including both prosecutors and staff.