NewsFormer Dallas D.A. Trailblazer Craig Watkins Passes At Age 56

Former Dallas D.A. Trailblazer Craig Watkins Passes At Age 56

Craig Watkins, Dallas’ trailblazing first Black district attorney, renowned for his commitment to justice and efforts in exonerating wrongly convicted individuals, passed away Dec. 12. at the age of 56, BET reports.

His cause of death was not disclosed.

CBS News Texas released a statement from Dallas County Criminal District Attorney John Creuzot about Watkins’ passing: “I am saddened to learn of the passing of my former colleague Craig Watkins. Craig was bright and ambitious, and for his life to end so prematurely is a tragedy. However, he leaves behind a powerful legacy. He made history as the first elected African-American district attorney in Texas. His fierce focus on the prosecution of child abuse cases and his creation of the first Conviction Integrity Unit in the nation are testaments to his vision and ability to effect change. Craig was perfectly human, and those who knew him are better for it. I am proud to have known him, to have worked with him, and to have been elected to the same office he held. He will be missed.”

A Dallas native, Watkins was an alumnus of Prairie View A&M University, a historically Black university. He is survived by his wife, Tanya, and their three children.

Watkins’ legacy as a trailblazer in the legal field and a tireless advocate for justice has left an indelible mark on Dallas County and beyond. His pioneering work in the Conviction Integrity Unit and his commitment to rectifying miscarriages of justice have inspired a generation of legal professionals.

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Source: Black Enterprise


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