LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin attorney Ryan Deaton received the President's Award for Meritorious from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Friday afternoon. The award was given as recognition for Deaton's defense of Kimberly Clark Saenz, who was charged with five counts of capital murder.
"As a result of his vigorous defense, the jury returned a life sentence in the case, and spared Saenz the death penalty," the press release stated. "The TCDLA is recognizing Deaton for this work as it is very rare that a capital murder conviction with multiple victims results in a life sentence."
The press release described Deaton as a prominent defense attorney who has recently obtained outstanding results for his clients. Giving examples, the press release cited a recent case in Polk County in which Deaton obtained a acquittal for his client "despite the presiding judge assisting the prosecutor by texting questions to ask during the trial."
Deaton also obtained a not guilty verdict in a high profile capital murder case in Cherokee County.
"The TCDLA award is rarely given except for extraordinary results by a Texas criminal defense attorney," the press release stated.
The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association is the largest state association of criminal defense lawyers in the United States. It has more than 3,500 members. The members of the TCDLA provide criminal defense for individuals accused of crimes in all of the state and federal courts of Texas.