Bail bondsman trial to begin


By Stephen Palkot
Tuesday, July 31, 2007 2:57 PM CDT

A Fort Bend County bail bondsman who for years has been facing charges of indecency with a child will be taking his case to a jury this week.

Charles Craig Wolfe, 45, was arrested in 2003 for crimes that allegedly took place in the previous two years. One of his two cases did go to trial in 2004, and after hearing from the victim and Wolfe himself, a jury found him guilty of third-degree felony indecency with a child.

In a rare move, however, the visiting judge who heard Wolfe's case and gave Wolfe a sentence of probation sided with defense attorneys who asked for a mistrial over apparent mistakes of Wolfe's first defense lawyer. That left Wolfe without a conviction.

This week, Wolfe will go on trial again in 240th District Court, this time with elected Judge Thomas Culver III presiding.

The prosecution of the case will be led by Suzy Morton, who specializes in child abuse cases. Wolfe is being represented by high-profile defense attorney Dick DeGuerin, whose client list includes former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

On Tuesday morning, the jury pool had been assembled. Members will be answering a questionnaire created by lawyers in the case.

Testimony is expected to begin Wednesday morning.

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