VINE updates victims, families on criminal defendants' jail status, court dates

VINE updates victims, families on criminal defendants' jail status, court dates

LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - One day after Huey Lee Gray was gunned down on a Longview street this weekend -- family members of the victim said they wanted to know if and when the suspect -- 44-year-old Cedric Carldwell -- would be released from jail.

"We're all standing out in the open, and we're like five blocks from his home," said the victim's daughter, Toca Gray.

Carldwell was arrested sunday for murder, after police say he shot the victim near Stamper park. But when he was released from jail on $175,000 bail Tuesday evening -- the family found out from a friend -- not from the jail.

"And then, with we thinking he's still locked up, and he's free, we're not aware so we're not shielding ourselves. We're just pretty much left wide open," Toca Gray said.

The Gregg County Sheriff's Office says it refers victims and victims families to VINE - a statewide notification system that alerts victims and their families on the status of a defendant in a criminal case.

We contacted the agency that operates the vine system -- and they say the service activates instantly once you register.

Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano says the county spends more than $29,000 a year to participate in VINE.

The sheriff says he helped the victim's widow register for the notifications Wednesday -- so now the family can at least find out about upcoming court dates.

Gray says the family has not had any run-ins with Carldwell since his release.

To access VINE's website, click here.


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