Romei Trial Pushed Back to November

One of the area's most visible community leaders now under scrutiny will have his day in court, but it won't be for a few more months.

The trial of former Arts Council director P. David Romei has been moved back to mid-November, this after the defense requested a hearing on the date of Romei's trial.

He was indicted and arrested 11 months ago, accused of using money from the arts council and College Station for his own benefit, including vacations.

In the following months, Romei pleaded not guilty to the charges, unsuccessfully tried to remove District Attorney Bill Turner from trying three of the four indictments, and hired legendary attorney Racehorse Haynes to head up his legal team.

Turner will not try one of the indictments because it, in part, involves a campaign contribution to Turner that allegedly was stolen money. A Huntsville attorney will be brought in for that indictment.

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