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September 11, 2012
DALLAS -- The theft and official misconduct case against former Dallas City Manager Jerry Wyatt is slated for a December trial date.
Wyatt appeared in Polk County Circuit Court Monday morning, where his attorney, Howard Collins, asked for more time to prepare for trial. It was originally scheduled to begin Sept. 19.
"This shouldn't be going to trial on the 19th," Collins said. "In good faith, I don't think I could be ready by the 19th."
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.
The charges stem from an investigation into Wyatt allegedly using city resources to purchase items for personal use.
Collins said he and the Polk County District Attorney's Office still are attempting to negotiate a plea agreement, but he wanted a trial date scheduled further down the road in case the two sides can't agree on a deal.
Polk County Circuit Court Judge William Horner set a trial for Dec. 18-19.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Jenn Gaddis, who agreed to the schedule change, said the trial should take at least two days.
Wyatt is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 19 for a pretrial conference.