VICTORIA — District Attorney Stephen Tyler must clarify the alleged wrongdoings of the mayor, police chief, former city attorney and a police lieutenant or the majority of the charges against them will be dropped, according to a district judge's ruling.
The ruling last week by Victoria County District Judge Robert Cheshire will also make available to defense attorneys copies of grand jury testimony. Grand jury proceedings are typically secret, but the defense lawyers need the records to build their arguments, Cheshire wrote.
Tyler received the full decision shortly last Wednesday. He had not determined whether he would rewrite the charges or if he'll need to get a new grand jury indictment, he said. However, Tyler said he was confident his evidence was strong enough to write indictments that would stick and to eventually prosecute the four men, the newspaper reported.
Armstrong was indicted on misuse of official information and criminal conspiracy. Victoria police Lt. Ralph Buentello faces the same charges, plus he was indicted on aggravated perjury, tampering with a witness and official oppression.
“I'm genuinely pleased with Judge Cheshire's ruling. It is my hope that no further action is necessary in this matter, and that I can move to continue working with concerned citizens for the benefit of Victoria,” said Armstrong.
Schaffer, Courtney and Greg Cagle, who represents Ure, will get copies of grand jury testimony, Cheshire ruled.