POSTED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 4:56pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 8:25pm
Tyler, tx — UPDATE (WEDNESDAY, 2:30pm): Judge Jack Skeen has accepted a plea deal proposed by Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham in the case against former Smith County Precinct 3 Constable Dustin Rust.
Rust pleads guilty to operating a security company without a license, which is a Class A Misdemeanor.
Rust must pay $7,698 in restitution, and will be under 2 years of probation. He will not receive any jail time.
The felony charge against him has been dropped.
UPDATE (WEDNESDAY, 7:45am): The trial for former Smith County Precinct 3 Constable Dustin Rust is set to begin Wednesday morning at 10:00am.
KETK will be in the courtroom, and will provide updates throughout the day.
ORIGINAL STORY (MONDAY) - The trial for former Precinct 3 Constable Dustin Rust is now slated to begin on Wednesday, October 3.
Rust's trial was first scheduled to start Monday at 10 a.m., but was pushed back two days because of an ongoing child injury case.
The prosecution filed a motion to dismiss all three charges against Rust last week, which included sanctions agreed to by the defendant, but was denied  by presiding Judge Jack Skeen, who issued a gag  order back on April 17.
Controversy has swirled around Rust ever since he was indicted for misuse of county property back in April 2012. He is accused of using his deputies for a private security detail in Smith County neighborhoods.
Last month, special prosecutor Lance Larison made a motion  to dismiss the charges.
Rust stepped down in early August after losing his race for constable to Jim Blackmon.