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Uvalde D.A.: Texas Rangers Investigation of School Shooting Won’t Be Completed Until At Least Spring

UWALDE, TX (Nexstar) — The Uvalde County District Attorney said Friday she does not expect the Texas Rangers’ investigation into the Robb Elementary School shooting to be completed “at the earliest” or even before the spring.

This comes after the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety said in October that he expects part of the investigation to be completed by the end of 2022. DPS oversees the Texas Rangers.

The announcement was confirmed shortly after a source told KXAN on Friday that the Texas Department of Public Safety was about to fire a Texas Ranger for inaction during the Uvalde school shooting.

“I can tell you that the Texas Rangers part of the investigation will be completed within two months, by the end of the year. Paperwork will go, things will go to [Uvalde] District Attorney,” Stephen McCraw, director of the DPS, said during an Oct. 25 panel meeting.

Christina Mitchell Busby, District Attorney for Uvalde, told Nexstar via email that she believes it could take a full year to complete the investigation when the shooting took place. On May 24, 2022, a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb’s elementary school.

“It is not uncommon for an investigation of this magnitude to take at least a year,” she said in an email.

Nexstar has repeatedly contacted DPS for an update on the completion of the investigation, but has not received a response.

A further delay in the investigation could affect which legislation is introduced and passed as state lawmakers returned to the Austin Capitol on Tuesday.

In the immediate aftermath of the massacre, Gov. Greg Abbott resisted calls for a special legislative session to be called to address gun violence and school safety. He and other senior Republicans often cited the need to wait until a full investigation is completed in order to know what to legislate.

The deadline for legislators to introduce bills in this session is March 10. If the investigation is not completed before the anniversary of the Uvalde shooting, any possible legislation based on its findings will not be established by that March deadline. On May 29, the deputies must distribute votes for the next two years.

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