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December 11, 2012
DALLAS -- The trial in the theft and official misconduct case against former Dallas city manager Jerry Wyatt has been postponed until 2013.
Previously scheduled to begin Tuesday, the trial is now slated for March.
Wyatt's attorney, Howard Collins, said via email that a motion for a continuance was granted by the court after the defendant's last appearance on Nov. 19.
Collins said there are a number of reasons the continuance was granted, including that both the defense and prosecution had only a month to prepare for trial after a new indictment was issued in the case in November. He added the complexity of the case and the "voluminous" amount of evidence compiled as reasons for postponing a trial.
Polk County Circuit Judge William Horner had been overseeing proceedings. However, due to his retirement at the end of the year, another judge will have to be selected. Collins said at this point it appears Polk County Circuit Judge Sally Avera will be assigned to the case. Avera was elected to the post in May and will begin serving in January.
Wyatt was indicted Nov. 14 on 13 charges of theft, official misconduct and falsifying business records based on an investigation into his alleged use of city resources to buy items for personal use. The original charges against Wyatt were dropped after the November indictment was issued.
Wyatt is scheduled to appear at a pretrial conference on Jan. 31.