TYLER, TX (KLTV) - In a hearing Friday, the Smith County DA's office made it clear that it is not stepping down from the case of Dennis Pittman (the 4th Mineola swingers club defendant) or any other case.
Instead, the DA's office says it is asking the State Attorney General's Office for assistance with the case and future Mineola swingers club cases. The State Attorney General's Office has agreed to help Smith County prosecutors.
Of course, the state will need time to review and look over the evidence before the trial gets underway. Friday, the judge granted a joint motion filed by the Smith County DA's office and the defense giving the State Attorney General's Office time to prepare for the case.
No one knows just how long that will take so the trial date is still up in the air.
Smith County DA, Matt Bingham, did make a point to quickly clear up any confusion following other media reports that he and his office were stepping down from the case.
"The state is not asking to recuse itself, but only that they be allowed to come in and assist in the prosecution of these cases," said Bingham.
The Smith County DA's Office has already prosecuted three other Mineola sex club defendants.
There is a gag order in this case so why the DA's office is now asking the AG's office for help is still unknown.