Trial for Man Accused of Blackmailing A&M Professor Postponed

By: KBTX Staff
By: KBTX Staff

A trial originally scheduled for Tuesday for Daniel Duplaisir has been postponed.

Duplaisir is accused of blackmailing A&M Communication Professor James Aune. Aune later committed suicide.

Federal agents say Daniel Duplaisir used an underage relative to solicit Aune into an online relationship, and then threatened to expose him if he refused to pay hush money.

Court documents show Aune, a reputable department head at the university, jumped to his death from the Texas A&M Northside Parking Garage the morning of January 8th - just after Duplaisir gave him three hours to come up with the payment.

Duplaisir entered a plea of not guilty in March.

According to The US Attorney's office, the trial has been pushed back to August 27th.

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