Former Constable Rust's trial pushed back to Wednesday

Monday, October 1, 2012 - 9:47am

The trial for former Precinct 3 Constable Dustin Rust is now slated to begin on Wednesday, October 3.

Rust's trial was first scheduled to start Monday at 10 a.m., but was pushed back two days because of an ongoing child injury case.

The prosecution filed a motion to dismiss all three charges against Rust last week, which included sanctions agreed to by the defendant, but was denied by presiding Judge Jack Skeen, who issued a gag order back on April 17.

Controversy has swirled around Rust ever since he was indicted for misuse of county property back in April 2012. He is accused of using his deputies for a private security detail in Smith County neighborhoods.

Last month, special prosecutor Lance Larison made a motion to dismiss the charges.

Rust stepped down in early August after losing his race for constable to Jim Blackmon.

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