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Above, Pastor Wayne Miller, grandfather of Malachi spoke to the crowd about his grandson surrounded by family. Also pictured is Joshua Wright's Mother, Beverly Wright — Wright was shot and killed by a Hays County Correctional Officer last year, Williams' Mother, Shanta Miller, and his sister, Miriam Williams. Below, Shanta Miller, Williams' Mother, hugs another family member before the vigil.
Daily Record photos by Shannon West

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People lit candles in William's honor and watched a slideshow about his life at the San Marcos Public Library, a place he liked to frequent.
Daily Record photos by Shannon West

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Shanta Miller wanted the crowd to know that Malachai, or 'Kai' as he was called by family, was loved and will not be forgotten.
Daily Record photos by Shannon West

MOURNING A LOSS

Vigil mourns Malachi Williams, calls into question SMPD ability to release body worn camera footage

Outsourcing inmates continues, case backlog shrinks

Hays County Jail is full and has been outsourcing inmates to other jails for years. Due to the high population of incarcerated people, Hays County has been implementing various programs to attempt to divert people from the jail, such as the mental health court that was recently established and the pretrial services department. Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra has a standing agenda item during each commissioner court meeting in which he reads the current jail population, the amount of inmates outsourced and the cost.

Court to receive results from homelessness count

The Hays County Commissioners Court is set to receive a presentation by the Homeless Coalition of Hays County regarding the Point in Time Count, to possibly submit a grant application for increased training for the Hays County Mental Health Unit and discuss and possibly approve the county animal ordinance at the regularly scheduled meeting today. The court is set to adopt a proclamation recognizing Soil and Water Stewardship Week, which occurs from April 28 to May 5.

Council approves student housing development with significant changes

After several meetings with a large community turnout for public comments for and against the development at Lindsey Street and North Street, now being called The Mc-Lain, the development is officially approved. The San Marcos City Council approved the conditional use permit — requiring many concessions on the part of the developer, approved an amendment on the preferred scenario map on the west side of the development to High Intensity and approved the zoning change for the west side of the development to Character District-5 and Character District-5D for the east side of the development at the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.

Pet Resource Center recommendations on the Court docket

The Hays County Commissioners Court is set to receive a presentation by Austin Pets Alive! regarding final recommendations of the Pet Resource Center, consider a $75,000 three month extension on the Project Coordinator position for the Pet Resource Center, possibly authorize the execution of a contract amendment with Haitus Wellness for Yoga Therapy for Mental Health Court participants and possibly approve the appointment of Stephen Seddig as the Hays County Fire Marshal at the regularly scheduled meeting at 9 a.m. today.

New department aims to shrink jail population

Even after the recent expansion of the Hays County Jail, inmates are still outsourced to other counties due to overcrowding. It is an issue that has been ongoing for years, and Hays County has been working to reduce those numbers, as well as the associated expenditures that go with it. There is a relatively new department dedicated to doing just that. The Hays County Commissioners Court received a presentation on the status of the Judicial Services Department in the county at the regularly scheduled meeting last week.

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