Accusations in Sheriff's race
POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 4:51pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 10:54am
The investigation into the Smith County Precinct 3 Constable’s office has now spilled over to the race for Sheriff.
And some strong charges are being made.
Donn Rust is running for sheriff, and his son Dustin is the Precinct 3 Constable.
And Donn says the targeting of his son is not coincidental.
Donn Rust is a Reserve Captain the Precinct, which means he works without pay.
And the investigation into private security work done by 4 deputies there, is now aimed at his son Dustin.
And Rust points the finger at one of his opponents…Larry Smith
We contacted Larry Smith today. He told us first that he didn’t want to dignify the charge with a comment. He later said, he is flattered that anyone thinks he has the clout to arrange all this.
KETK also got an anonymous email claiming that Smith and the new special prosecutor in the case, Lance Larison were lifelong friends and that it was a factor in his choice to handle the case..
Larison’s reply, no on both counts.
Rust also says County Commissioner Carey Nix is involved.
Smith said Smith County Commissioner Carey Nix is not a supporter, but he is shown in photos on the campaign facebook page attending numerous Smith for Sheriff events.
DA Matt Bingham emphasized to us that is isn’t political.
Donn and Dustin Rust told KETK that the timing of all this, what they describe as heavy-handed tactics used with their deputies, indicates to them that politics is at the core of the case.
At least one deputy, Monty Ward, is vowing to fight this all the way to trial if necessary.
Today, Ward again refused to sign a statement offered by the District Attorney’s office that would implicate Dustin Rust.