The trial for suspended Wise County precinct 4 commissioner Terry Ross has been pushed back to April 23, according to the District Attorney’s office. This marks the second time the trial has been delayed.
Ross was indicted in May 2012 for tampering with government records and abuse of official capacity for allegedly building a playhouse on public property, using county employees on county time, and using supplies purchased with county money.
It was seized from Ross’ home Feb. 7, 2012, as part of an investigation that started in late 2011.
The 97th District Judge Roger Towery suspended Ross without pay in August 2012 until the outcome of his criminal trial, which was then scheduled to start Oct. 30.
On Oct. 22 Ross was charged with theft of $500 to $1,500 by a public servant for allegedly building three grubbing plows, two for personal use. The plows were built with material belonging to the county, on county time by county employees, according to the arrest warrant affidavit filed in County Court-at-Law No. 1.
After that charge was filed, his trial was moved from Oct. 30 to Feb. 19.
If Ross is found not guilty, the county will be required to award him back pay for the entire time he was suspended.
As of last Friday, that amount came to $37,330.01 – and there are still three months until his trial date.