New details in case against Smith County Constable Dustin Rust
POSTED: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 5:18pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 9:52pm
The investigation into the Smith County Precinct 3 Constable's Office has taken a new turn.
KETK received information Monday morning about a new development in the case against Precinct 3 constable Dustin Rust involving the appointment of a Special Prosceutor.
Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham confirmed to KETK that he will ask Longview attorney Lance Larison to take over the investigation of Precinct 3 Constable Dustin Rust.
The case revolves around private security patrols that were provided by the Precinct 3 office for the Woods subdivision.
Peace officers are allowed to do private security work, within certain limits, but some people have questioned whether the work was essentially a private security service run out of a government office.
The Texas Rangers have been gathering evidence from the office and four deputies were arrested.
Bingham says they have cooperated with the probe and admitted their guilt. The affidavits they submitted implicate Constable Rust in the security work to a greater degree than has been admitted.
Of course all this comes as Rust seeks reelection, and his father Donn Rust runs for Sheriff.
Many suspect it may be politically motivated, but Bingham denies that's the case.
KETK's Roger Grey has been working all day on this story, and will explain the details coming up on KETK news at 6:00.