Judge Kent Denies Change of Judge Motion In Jackson Case

Judge Cynthia Kent today denied a motion by the defense for a change of judge in the trial of a Smith County constable. The case will be heard in Judge Randall Rogers' court.

Pre-trial hearings began for Smith County Constable Henry Jackson Thursday morning. Jackson is facing several charges of sexual harassment.

Thursday, his attorney, William Hughey, requested the judge be removed from the case. The defense had already filed to have the trial moved out of Smith County.

Hughey declined to comment, but the prosecution said Thursday that nothing should keep Jackson from receiving a fair trial.

Cathryn Khalil, reporting. ckhalil@kltv.com