TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A tentative trial date has been set for the fourth Mineola child sex ring defendant. Dennis Pittman was in court Thursday. He is the stepfather of one of the alleged child victims in the case.
The state attorney general's office is now assisting Smith County prosecutors in the case.
The trial is scheduled to start June 21st.
There has also been some movement in the appeal of Patrick "Booger Red" Kelly, Pittman's co-defendant. Tuesday, Smith County D.A. Matt Bingham filed another brief which was ordered by a Houston appeals court. It is all in response to the allegations made by Wood County D.A. Jim Wheeler, last week.
Patrick Kelly is serving a life sentence for his role in the Mineola child sex ring. But, the Wood County D.A. claims Smith County prosecutors withheld information from Kelly's defense team.
In his brief, Wheeler cited his own grand jury investigation and testimony. But, Bingham says those allegations are "false" and "unsubstantiated."
One of Bingham's primary concerns is the fact that none of the child victims were called to testify before a Wood County grand jury.
"I never have anything to hide," said Bingham. "It's always the best policy to put everything on the table. If someone's saying something about [my office], get everybody to the table and lay it out. We're going to take the high road in this whole process and continue to do the job that we do here--prosecuting those people who hurt children, and do it ethically."
When we called the Wood County D.A.'s office, Thursday afternoon, Jim Wheeler answered the phone. We asked him for a comment on the situation. He says his office does not have a comment on the matters before the appeals court.