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Ms. McLeod is a Waco native who attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she was a four year letter-winner for the women’s basketball team. After graduation, she returned to her hometown and attended Baylor Law School. She graduated in 2007 with her law degree and a criminal practice concentration, and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in November of 2007.
Ms. McLeod was a prosecutor for ten years. She began work in Waco at the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office in 2008, moved to the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office in 2013, and went on to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office in 2016. She ended her tenure as a prosecutor in late 2017. During her time as a prosecutor, Ms. McLeod handled thousands of cases from misdemeanors to Capital Murder.
Ms. McLeod has handled more than 65 jury trials, including for the following criminal offenses: Murder, Arson, Burglary, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Resisting Arrest, Driving While Intoxicated, Assault, Possession of Marijuana, Forgery, Online Solicitation of a Minor, Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Sexual Assault, Failure to Stop and Render Aid, Evading in a Motor Vehicle Causing Death, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Theft, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. In 2014, Ms. McLeod tried a cold case Capital Murder in Williamson County, The State of Texas vs. Steven Alan Thomas, in which the defendant was sentenced to the death penalty. This case involved murder that occurred in 1980 and was solved in 2012 through a DNA profile hit.
Ms. McLeod is admitted to practice in Texas State Courts and the United States District Court, Western District of Texas. She is a member of the McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.