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Lead defense attorney from nurse murder case indicted for soliciting prostitution

KVEO Brownsville logo KVEO Brownsville 5/18/2022 Patrick Cunningham
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TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Phillip Hayes, the lead defense attorney for convicted murder and former CHRISTUS nurse William Davis, has been indicted for allegedly trying to solicit a prostitute during the month-long trial.

Warrant: Lead defense attorney in former nurse murder case charged with soliciting prostitute during trial

Hayes will go before 7th District Judge Kerry Russell next week to enter a plea. He was arrested back in November days after the high-profile trial concluded.

According to an arrest warrant obtained by KETK News at the time, an undercover deputy for the Smith County's Sheriff's Office posing as a prostitute made contact with Hayes in a text message.

The warrant says that the sheriff's office "posted advertisements on a website commonly used for human trafficking and prostitution."

Hayes began to text the undercover officer on Oct. 5 between 3:13 p.m. and 5:59 p.m. This would have been the sixth day of testimony for the prosecution.

William Davis sentenced to death for killing patients at Tyler hospital

Detectives identified Hayes by searching his telephone number through law enforcement databases. It also revealed that he drove a 2020 black Land Rover Defender.

The warrant alleges that Hayes texted the officer to meet at a predetermined location at 6 p.m. and agreed to pay $110. The warrant did not specify where he asked to meet.

Deputies took Hayes into custody and took him away for an interview. The department decided that since Hayes was in the middle of the trial, an arrest warrant would be issued at a later date.

Davis was convicted of capital murder by a Smith County jury on Oct. 19 and he was sentenced to death on Oct. 27.

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