Romei Reindicted, Charges Upgraded

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

P. David Romei, former director of The Arts Council Brazos Valley, has been reindicted, on third degree felony charges.

Romei is accused of stealing money from the arts council, and the city of College Station.

He was originally indicted on three, state felony charges. District Attorney Bill Turner said he combined the three original indictments into one, to make the case more efficient in court.

Romei's trial date is set for August 12th.

Court documents allege Romei also used the money to make seven illegal contributions to political candidates, including Brazos County Judge Randy Sims, District Judge Rick Davis, and as well as District Attorney Bill Turner.

Turner recused himself from prosecuting that indictment, and has turned it over to Walker County prosecutor Jack Choate.

Turner also says he gave back the $500 donation to the Arts Council.

Romei has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Romei's trial date is set for August 12th.

Among those subpoenaed for that trial are District Judge Travis Bryan III, who is Romei's former attorney.

Former College Station Mayor Ron Sylvia, current College Station City Manager Glenn Brown, and former Bryan City Council Member Russell Bradley are also scheduled to appear.

Amie McCoy, Britt Rice, Bryan Schwartz, Carla Robinson, Craig Hollinger, Doyle Thompson, Francis Costanza, Guy Foster, James Ebner, Jeff Kersten, Jimmy Loup, Luis Caballo, Melody Shaddix, Netta Simak, Penelope Kosztolnyik, Peter Wareing, Robert Bisor, Russell Bradley, Stanton Ware, Stephanie Romei, Tom Brymer, Leonard Dranhauss, and Matthew Romei are also scheduled to appear.

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