Clay County Sheriff Jeff Clark Lyde arrested, posted bond after official oppression charge


CLAY COUNTY, Texas – Sheriff Jeffrey Clark Lyde, 54, was booked into the Clay County Jail Thursday morning. He then was able to post bond and be released.

Lyde was charged with two counts of official oppression, more specifically he was accused of holding two people in the jail more than 48 hours in the absence of “probable cause” which is a legal standard of evidence.

According to a statement, 97th District Attorney Casey Polhemus has been recused from the investigation. The case will be prosecuted by the 46th Judicial District Attorney Staley Heatly of Vernon.

“I truly appreciate all the phone calls and texts… I’m not worried about this, and you shouldn’t be either,” Lyde said.

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