New applicants for the 78th District Court

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — After ten years of serving as Judge for 78th District Court in Wichita County, Barney Fudge has now retired.

The 78th district covers everything from criminal to civil cases. Five local lawyers have applied for the vacant position.

The applicants’ names have been released and are as follows:

  • Mr. Benjamin E. “Ben” Hoover
  • Ms. Meredith L. Kennedy-Lee
  • Mr. Thomas W. “Tom” Key
  • The Honorable Gregory J. “Greg” King
  • Mr. Frank “Dobie” Kosub

Ben Hoover is an experienced trial lawyer who dedicates his practice to injury, wrongful death, and criminal law matters. He is licensed to practice law in Texas, Oklahoma and in Federal Court.

He handles personal injury litigation, general civil law and criminal defense.

Meredith Kennedy-Lee is the Chief Civil Prosecutor of the Wichita County District Attorney’s Office.

Kennedy provides counsel for county officials, including general legal advice, litigation defense, legal advice and representation in employment matters, contract negotiations and more. 

Thomas W. Key, a private attorney with Leonard, Key & Key.

He focuses on business, real estate and probate matters, including contract issues, and oil and gas litigation.

Judge Greg King has served as judge of Wichita County Court at Law No. 2 since January 2011.

As Judge, he presides over a trial court where he handles misdemeanors, family law cases, estates, and civil cases.

Chief felony prosecutor, Dobie Kosub oversees the investigation and prosecution of major felonies, including capital murder and aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Jim Hogan is the current presiding judge.

Whichever candidate is appointed by the governor, will have to run for the seat in the March 3, 2020, primary election if he or she wants to keep it.

Primary filing opens Nov. 9.   

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