The alleged ringleader of a sex trafficking ring in Plano, Texas, William McKinnley Garland, has chosen to waive his right to a detention hearing. This decision, made on the advice of his attorney, has left Garland in federal custody, awaiting trial for the heinous crimes he is accused of committing.
During his appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kimberly Priest at the federal courthouse in Plano, Garland pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him. His court-appointed attorney, Rafael De La Garza, emphasized that Garland is presumed innocent despite the serious allegations. De La Garza, who was appointed to the case just a day prior, explained that the decision to waive the detention hearing was made to allow for a more informed choice in the future, once all the evidence has been reviewed.
Garland’s co-defendant, Jalen Alexander Bobo, also chose to waive his right to a detention hearing, leaving both men in federal custody. Bobo’s attorney, Rick Howard, declined to comment on the matter.
The arrests of Garland, Bobo, and Robberta Marie Khan from Euless came after an FBI raid on a Plano home earlier this month. All three individuals have been indicted on charges of coercion, enticement, and aiding and abetting. Additionally, Garland and Bobo face charges related to sex trafficking, which could result in a life sentence if convicted. Khan, on the other hand, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Disturbingly, it was revealed during a recent hearing that Garland had confessed to using a tablet provided to him behind bars to send messages to potential defendants, victims, and witnesses. Despite being explicitly instructed not to contact anyone involved in the case, Garland disregarded these warnings. However, De La Garza assured the public that Garland no longer has access to the tablet and that he is being held in isolation without access to a telephone.
De La Garza expressed his concern over Garland’s isolation, stating that his client had not done anything to warrant such treatment. He has spoken with the judge to ensure that Garland is not housed in isolation and is granted access to a phone so that he can communicate with his attorney and family.
Garland’s prior attorney withdrew from the case due to non-payment, leading to De La Garza’s appointment as Garland claims to be indigent and unable to afford legal representation.
As the investigation into this disturbing sex trafficking ring continues, the community remains on edge, awaiting justice for the victims and hoping for a swift and thorough trial. The shocking details that have emerged so far only serve to emphasize the importance of combating such heinous crimes and protecting the vulnerable.