TYLER, TX (KLTV) - TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A defendant in the so-called Mineola child sex ring case appeared in court Thursday. Dennis Pittman was hoping to have his trial moved out of Smith County.
In a surprising move, Pittman's attorney told the court, there was no need for a "change of venue".
Defense Attorney Jason Cassel also requested that Pittman's trial start next week as scheduled.
Jury selection for Pittman's trial will begin a week from Thursday.
He is being tried on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child and engaging in organized criminal activity.