GRAYSON CO., TEXAS -- Rickey Trent Stanley appeared in court Monday. He's the man accused of driving drunk, hitting and killing on-duty Grayson County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Key in April.
Judge Richard Davis of Canton will hear the case, after Judge Brian Gary was recused due to his relationship with the sheriff.
"The connection of Judge Gary and his father being the sheriff, and the deceased was an employee of the sheriff's office, it just was better for another judge to hear the case," District Attorney Joe Brown said.
Stanley pleaded not guilty to all counts -- including murder, intoxication manslaughter, four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, DWI and driving with an invalid license.
Brown is confident in a conviction.
"Our case is very strong and we feel good about it. It's still early in the case but it's a serious case that's high on our priority list," Brown said.
Although Judge Davis substantially reduced Stanley's bond from $3.7 million dollars to $635,000 dollars, Stanley will remain in jail from a prior DWI charge.
"He's not getting out by any means," Brown said.
Brown says he takes a strong stance against those who drink and drive and he hopes this case will open peoples' eyes to the devastation it can cause, especially in Texas.
"We lead the nation in fatalities from DWI and until we get serious about some serious punishment, it's not going to change," Brown said.
Stanley has been convicted of DWI twice. He was out on bond from a third DWI charge when he allegedly hit and killed Deputy Key.
Stanley's murder and aggravated assault trial is set to begin October 14th.