Fort Worth

Weatherford lawyer under investigation was detective, professor

A Weatherford attorney under investigation after an ex-client filed a complaint of sexual assault was a former detective in Fort Worth.
A Weatherford attorney under investigation after an ex-client filed a complaint of sexual assault was a former detective in Fort Worth.

A Parker County attorney accused by a former client of sexual assault is a former Fort Worth police detective and former criminal justice professor at area colleges, according to his website and college records.

A judge granted a new trial Tuesday to Marcy L. Mcalpin of Wills Point, who says Matthew McConahay assaulted her while representing her in a drunken-driving case last year. Mcalpin pleaded guilty in June to DWI and was sentenced to four years in prison.

But Mcalpin and her new attorney, Reed Wainwright of Weatherford, filed a motion for a new trial, saying her rights had been infringed, her plea was not voluntary and she had ineffective counsel.

During a court hearing Tuesday, McConahay declined to answer questions related to sexual contact with the woman, Wainwright and a prosecutor said.

Jeff Kearney of Fort Worth, McConahay’s attorney, could not be reached Tuesday or Wednesday for comment.

According to his LinkedIn page and law firm website, McConahay was on the Fort Worth police force from October 1995 to October 2005. As a police detective, he investigated crimes including drug sales, DWI, murder, gangs, sexual offenses and robbery.

Fort Worth police referred questions about McConahay to city officials, who did not return messages by late Wednesday afternoon.

While he was on the police force, his name was Matthew Grove, but he legally changed it to Matthew McConahay in October 2003, according to Tarrant County court records.

He was an adjunct professor of criminal justice at TCU, Tarleton State University in Stephenville and Weatherford College, according to his LinkedIn page.

At Weatherford College, he taught at the police academy, starting in October 2005 and ending in January 2013, according to his website. Weatherford College records say he started in February 2007 as a part-time instructor, but no records were available on when he left.

His website says he taught at TCU from January 2010 to January 2012. TCU records say he was hired Sept. 1, 2011, as an adjunct faculty member for criminal justice and worked September to December 2011, and February to May 2012, when he completed his last contractual term.

He taught at Tarleton from January 2010 to January 2013, according to his website. Tarleton officials did not respond on Wednesday.

He established the McConahay Law Firm in May 2006. He was a prosecutor in the Parker County district attorney’s office from May 2007 to February 2008.

Declined to answer questions

Mcalpin was arrested June 22, 2015, by Weatherford police on suspicion of drunken driving and was later charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with an invalid license and resisting arrest.

A few weeks ago, she pleaded guilty to DWI and resisting arrest. The other charge was dismissed, Wainwright said. Days after that, she was sentenced to four years in prison.

On Tuesday, state District Judge Craig Towson granted Mcalpin’s request for a new trial and set a Sept. 12 trial date.

A Texas Ranger is investigating her complaint against McConahay. Christy Jack of Fort Worth, a former Tarrant County prosecutor, has been assigned as a special prosecutor in that case.

At the hearing Tuesday morning, Wainwright questioned McConahay.

Wainwright said his first question to McConahay was “Did you ever sexually assault Marcy Mcalpin?”

McConahay responded that on the advice of his attorney, he invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.

Parker County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain confirmed that McConahay declined to answer Wainwright’s questions. McConahay was asked about five questions related to sexual conversations or actions, “and he took the Fifth on every question,” Swain said.

Mcalpin remained in the Parker County Jail in Weatherford on Wednesday.

Staff writer Deanna Boyd contributed to this report.

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