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Fisher Arraigned, Pre-Trial Date Set
Houston County Courier - September 2008
By Sharron Randall
In a crowded courtroom on Thursday, Sept. 25 at Houston County Courthouse, Crockett Police Department Chief of Police Jimmy Fisher was arraigned at approximately 9:21 a.m. in Judge Pam Foster Fletcher's district courtroom.
Judge Fletcher read the three Court Docket Numbers 08 CR 126, 08 CR 128, and 08 CR 129 as Fisher and his attorney Billy Carter of Bryan stood before the bench. Fisher was seen raising his right hand and being sworn in.
A pre-trial date was set for Nov. 20 at which time, according to Carter, pre-trial motions will be offered. A status conference was set for Jan. 15, 2009.
Carter said that the earliest trial date will be sometime in March or April according to Judge Fletcher.
Fisher's attorney said, "I can tell you this…this will not be a trial with any plea bargain. Chief Fisher is innocent of all charges."
When asked if a change of venue would be sought, Carter said, "We feel like we can get a fair trial here."
Houston County District Attorney David Cervantes said, "Jimmy Fisher is innocent until proven guilty. However, the DA's office is continuing to gather documents for trial and looks forward to the prosecution of the cases."
A Houston County Grand Jury handed down indictments charging Fisher with three counts of credit card or debit card abuse and three counts of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information on Monday, Aug. 25.
Fisher turned himself in to Houston County District Attorney Investigator Clayton Smith at the Houston County Sheriff's Office Jail on Wednesday, Aug. 27. He was released a short time later on a personal recognizance bond with date for arraignment Sept. 25.
Asked to turn in his badge and identification Fisher will refrain from police activity until the matter is concluded.
If convicted, he faces 2-10 years in prison on the fraud charges and 180 days-2 years on the credit card charges.