State Sen. Carlos Uresti’s criminal fraud trial was supposed to start Monday, but a federal judge has postponed the trial.
The new date for the trial is now Jan. 4, Senior U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra ruled Wednesday, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
“I am disappointed,” Uresti said after a court hearing. The San Antonio Democrat opposed a delay on the grounds that it would interfere with his right to a speedy trial.
On Wednesday morning, the court-appointed lawyer for Stan Bates, a co-defendant and the former CEO of now-defunct San Antonio oil field services company FourWinds Logistics, filed a court motion seeking to withdraw from the case over a “conflict of interest.”
The “concerns and issues have damaged and destroyed the attorney client relationship,” Karl A. Basile, Bates’ lawyer, said in the filing. Basile didn’t provide any details.
Uresti, Bates and FourWinds consultant Gary Cain were indicted in May on a total of 22 charges in connection with the 2015 collapse of the frac-sand company. Prosecutors say FourWinds was a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors. Uresti served as FourWinds’ lawyer for a brief time and recruited two investors.
Ezra instructed U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Bemporad to appoint Bates a new lawyer. A key reason for the trial postponement was so the new attorney can get up to speed.
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