Editor, County Press
Former Refugio Police Chief Chris Brock’s trial was set to begin on Feb. 13 in Victoria but has been postponed by the judge assigned to hear the case.
The continuance was granted in spite of a motion filed by Brock’s attorney to have the trial move forward as planned.
Judge Bert Richardson of San Antonio is assigned to the case. Jury selection was scheduled to begin on Feb. 13 with the trial to follow. However, Richardson intended to recess the case until Feb. 27 because of a conflict in his schedule, according to court documents.
The Feb. 27 trial date conflicted with Brock’s attorney, John Gilmore of Corpus Christi, who had set aside two weeks to try Brock’s case.
In his motion against the continuance, Gilmore cited several other cases set for trial in Nueces County, some with defendants still in jail. One of Gilmore’s other trials was to begin on Feb. 27 in Nueces County. The attorney had trials into March.
Brock was indicted in September 2009 on three felony counts – theft by a public servant, felony misappropriation of fiduciary property and abuse of official capacity. The state is attempting to prove that Brock misappropriated somewhere between $20,000 to $100,000 from May 1, 2002, to Sept. 1, 2008, according to court documents.
In September 2011, the state was granted a change in venue to Victoria in spite of Gilmore’s attempt to keep the trial in Refugio.
Currently, a new trial date has not been set.