From Staff Reports
The Friends of the Kerens Library are hosting an Author’s Luncheon, featuring the biographical story A Target On My Back: A Prosecutor’s Terrifying Tale of Life on a Hit List, written by current Kaufman County District Attorney Erleigh N. Wiley. The luncheon will start at 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at the KESA Building, located at 102 SW Second Street in Downtown Kerens.
The book, as described by the distributor, Simon and Schuster, reads as follows:
Murders don’t happen in Kaufman County, Texas, a sleepy community where people raise their kids quietly and drive into Dallas for work and entertainment. In 2013, murder came to town when two professional prosecutors were slain in cold blood, simply for doing their jobs: one in broad daylight in plain view of the courthouse, and one in his home, along with his wife. Eric Williams is responsible for all the bloodshed?and he has a list of who to kill next.
A Target on My Back is the first-person true story of Erleigh Wiley, an accomplished lawyer who accepted the job as the new district attorney?after the death of her predecessors?which turned her into the next target on the killer’s hit list. This is her story of how she and her family endured the storm of the press, the array of Homeland Security agents assigned to protect them 24/7, and the weight of knowing she was someone?s prey. Though fearing for her life, she served as the prosecution’s final witness against the murderer, sealing his fate on death row. This chilling account of how she survived the hit list is a terrifying cat and mouse tale.
Price of ticket per person $12. Tickets must be bought before luncheon. No tickets sold at door. Tickets may be purchased by calling Kerens Library 903-396-2665 and purchasing tickets with a credit/debit card. Purchased tickets will be at the door the day of the luncheon, and must be paid for by Friday, April 8.
The book will be on sale at the event for $20.
From Wiley’s bio:
In early 2013, the tragic events of Kaufman County where three citizens were gunned down,
two who were public servants, sent Texas and the Nation reeling that our justice and law
enforcement systems were under siege. The Kaufman County community suffered greatly and
is still feeling the pain of this great loss.
Governor Rick Perry appointed Judge Erleigh Norville Wiley to fill the unexpired term of the
office of the District Attorney of Kaufman County. She subsequently won election in 2014 and
has now been the Kaufman County Criminal District Attorney for six years.
Judge Wiley was born and raised in Kaufman County. She is a graduate of the Texas Tech
University Business School, where she received a degree in finance and The University of Texas,
School of Law in Austin where she received her law degree.
In 1990, Judge Wiley joined the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. Her goal was to
prosecute the criminals and protect innocent children and victims who have no voice. She was
promoted to supervising attorney-training other new attorneys and managing fourteen
Judge Wiley successfully ran for Judge of Kaufman County Court at Law, winning a hard-fought
contested race. Judge Wiley’s judicial temperament with her sense of integrity and fairness
allowed for many achievements which included trying complex civil matters, alongside criminal
and family cases due to the unique jurisdiction that the court has in Kaufman County. Further,
she created the first Alternative Treatment Court Diversion program in her county, for
defendants that suffer from alcohol and drug addiction.
Judge Wiley takes an active role in her community by volunteering. Some of her board work
includes Chairman of the Kaufman County Juvenile Board, Trustee of Texas Health Resources,
Kaufman and Kaufman County Children’s Shelter Board member.
In 2013, the State Bar of Texas presented Judge Wiley with the Outstanding Leadership-Profiles
of Courage Award.
Judge Wiley is most proud of her husband who is an Assistant United States Attorney with the
Justice Department and two sons- who are both attending college.
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