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In The Court of Appeals Seventh District of Texas at Amarillo No. 07-19-00011-CV IN RE LEE CORNELIUS MURRAY, RELATOR OPINION ON ORIGINAL PROCEEDING FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS February 5, 2019 MEMORANDUM OPINION Before QUINN, C.J., and CAMPBELL and PARKER, JJ. Relator, Lee Cornelius Murray, a Texas inmate proceeding pro se, filed a petition for writ of mandamus in the above-referenced cause. By letter dated January 10, 2019, this court directed Murray to pay the filing fee of $155 or comply with Chapter 14 of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code by filing 1) an affidavit of indigence, 2) an affidavit relating to previous filings, and 3) a certified copy of his inmate trust account statement. See TEX. CIV. PRAC. & REM. CODE ANN. § 14.002(a) (stating that Chapter 14 applies to original proceedings brought by an indigent inmate in an appellate court); § 14.004 (West 2017). He was also told that the proceeding was subject to dismissal if he did not comply by January 22, 2019. See TEX. R. APP. P. 42.3(c). On January 22, 2019, Murray filed a response to the court’s letter indicating that he had authorized the release of funds from his inmate trust account to pay the filing fee. However, we have received no further communication from Murray. Nor have we received the filing fee to date or indication when it will be paid. The requirement to pay the filing fee or tender an affidavit of indigence, an affidavit describing previous filings, and a certified copy of an inmate trust account statement is mandatory, and the lack thereof is grounds for dismissal of the original proceeding. See In re Johnson, No. 07-16-00354-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 11841, at *2 (Tex. App.— Amarillo Nov. 1, 2016, orig. proceeding) (per curiam) (mem. op.) (dismissing inmate’s petition for writ of mandamus for failure to pay the filing fee or submit the required Chapter 14 materials). Since Murray has yet to do any of these per our earlier directive, we dismiss the petition for a writ of mandamus. Per Curiam 2