Former Tyler Legacy Director Gets Deferred Trial for Cocaine Possession | criminality


Former Tyler Legacy High School principal Dan Crawford has been given a three-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine in his home this summer.

Crawford pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone on Monday morning in 114th District Court. He also accepted 120 hours of community service.

Deferred arbitration means he has been placed under community watch for the prosecution. Once he has fulfilled the conditions, the case will be discontinued.

The state initially requested 300 hours of community service. Crawford’s attorney, Matt Bingham, requested the fewest hours of community service because Crawford’s current job requires him to leave town frequently.

Bingham also noted that Crawford participated and did well in an outpatient program.

Judge Austin Reeve Jackson of the 114th District Court then accepted 120 hours based on Crawford’s previous acceptance of responsibility.

Crawford was charged with possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone on June 28 after meeting with detectives and surrendering. He was released from Smith County Jail on $ 1,500 bail.

He was arrested in an incident on June 2 when officers from Tyler responded to assist EMS and found Crawford leaning against the back door of his residence with a red face and neck completely covered in blood.

According to an arrest affidavit, an officer found a small bag with a “white powdery substance” next to the sink, according to the arrest affidavit.

On June 16, the results of a forensic scientist at the Texas Department of Public Safety’s laboratory in Tyler confirmed that the substance was approximately 0.22 grams of cocaine, according to the affidavit.

Since his home is within 1,000 feet of the premises of a school, which in this case is Three Lakes Middle School, the residence is considered a drug-free zone in Texas.

A Tyler Police Detective spoke to Crawford’s wife who said that by bringing Chipotle home for dinner her husband got angry because his food wasn’t prepared for him to start to eat, according to the document.

They started arguing and he started throwing things at her. She said he went to the front bedroom of the house and locked himself inside the room. She then went into the yard and started throwing things around the yard, according to the affidavit.

She heard her name called from inside the house and then found her husband on the ground covered in blood, according to the document.

Police searched the area around Crawford for a reason his head was injured. There were no obvious weapons or signs of impact around the kitchen, according to the affidavit.

Crawford, who had been with Tyler Legacy since 2016, resigned his post on June 4. His resignation was then accepted by the district.

Dr. Kristen Walls was named the new Director of Tyler Legacy on July 15.

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