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August 21, 2012
DALLAS -- The theft and official misconduct case against former Dallas city manager Jerry Wyatt will be assigned to a Polk County judge, who will oversee future proceedings.
Wyatt's attorney, Howard Collins, requested the assignment during a brief hearing Thursday.
Polk County Circuit Court Judge Norm Hill granted the request and Collins said his office would be notified of the assignment at a later date.
No further court appearances were scheduled Thursday, but Collins said he anticipated future hearings before a decision is made on whether to proceed to trial.
The process may be lengthy, Collins noted, saying he had just received "about 400 pages" of evidence in the case Thursday morning.
Collins declined further comment on the case, adding that he's advised Wyatt to so the same.
Collins said it's critical for his client to "maintain his right to remain silent."
Wyatt is facing 17 charges: two counts of felony first-degree aggravated theft, five counts of felony computer crime, five counts of misdemeanor official misconduct, and five counts of misdemeanor falsifying business records.
He resigned as city manager July 2 and turned himself in to authorities July 26 after being indicted on the charges.