BEAUMONT - The Ferguson Law Firm has obtained a temporary restraining order to preserve evidence surrounding the May 23 death of Dennis Reeves, the Kirbyville High School principal.
Reeves was found dead in his pickup shortly after being forced to resign from his job.
Reeves’ wife, Tammy Reeves, and their two children filed the restraining order. Reeves’ parents also joined the filing, which seeks to preserve evidence over a wide range of items including personnel records, emails and cellular phones.
The parties restrained include Kirbyville Consolidated Independent School District, its superintendent (Thomas Wallis) and its assistant superintendent (Georgia Sayers).
Also included are several school board members including the board’s president, Chad George. George is the son of Kirbyville mayor, Frank George.
The order was signed by Judge Baylor Wortham, 136th District Court, on June 6, court records show.
Paul ‘Chip’ Ferguson, the managing partner at The Ferguson Law Firm, is lead counsel for the family, along with partner Larry Hunter.
“The death of Dennis Reeves is a tragedy of enormous proportion. His family has tried to get answers as to how and why this happened. That is why they came to us – to get evidence,” said Ferguson.
“The Reeves deserve to have these answers. That is all they want. This is not a filing seeking financial gain. It is filing to seek the truth.”
The TRO asks only that evidence be preserved and does not make any claim for monetary damages.
In the aftermath of Dennis Reeves’ death, there has been a petition circulated calling for the termination of both the Thomas Wallis and Georgia Sayers. The superintendent’s version of what occurred preceding Reeves’ shooting has been contradicted by others, including the Kirbyville chief of police, according to a firm press release.
“This family has been stonewalled by a segment of the power structure within the school district,” Ferguson said. “They have been victims of half-truths, mistruths and innuendo. On the other hand, we simply intend to follow the evidence wherever it may lead. That will provide Tammy Reeves and her sons the peace they deserve.”
Tammy Reeves is a well-respected school teacher in the Evadale ISD. Dennis
Reeves’ parents are also well-respected. Judith Jones is a retired school teacher
while Jimmy Jones served as a Justice of the Peace, the press release states.
“We would ask that this family be given some solitude during this time of grieving,” Ferguson said. “Their wounds are still fresh and they are all hurting.”
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