Thursday, December 9, 2010
In a surprise move Wednesday after the jury was dismissed, prosecutors asked District Judge Dan Mills to allow the jury the option of considering lesser versions of the charges for Fuelberg
Closing arguments to begin Thursday
By Patrick George
Published Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2010
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FREDERICKSBURG — Breaking his public silence for the first time in more than two years, former Pedernales Electric Cooperative General Manager Bennie Fuelberg testified in his trial Wednesday that he suggested the co-op’s outside lawyer hire his brother as a legislative consultant but “did not instruct” the lawyer to do so.
Though he said he now regrets not notifying the board of the hiring of his lobbyist brother Curtis Fuelberg using co-op funds paid through its outside law firm, he was adamant that he broke no laws. When asked by defense attorney Chris Gunter whether he felt he committed a crime, Fuelberg said, “I absolutely do not.”
Bennie Fuelberg also said he didn’t know until after he left Pedernales in February 2008 that the co-op’s lawyer, Walter Demond, was also using co-op money to pay $2,000 a month to the son of longtime co-op director E.B. Price.
Fuelberg insisted he never told Demond, a former partner with the Clark, Thomas & Winters law firm, to make payments to his brother or Bill Price. Bennie Fuelberg and Demond face identical charges of first-degree felony theft, money laundering and misapplication of fiduciary property in connection with the payments.
But in a surprise move Wednesday after the jury was dismissed, prosecutors asked District Judge Dan Mills to allow the jury the option of considering lesser versions of the charges for Fuelberg. Demond is to be tried next year.
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