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Driver charged with intoxication manslaughter gets Oct. 7 trial date




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Accused drunk driver Benjie Burke III, 24, of Gilmer soon could have his day in court, as jury selection ahead of his trial is set for Oct. 7, according to Wilson County District Court records. He initially was scheduled for a Sept. 25 docket call, which was rescheduled to Oct. 3.

Burke is charged with intoxication manslaughter in the Jan. 21, 2012, death of his passenger, 30-year-old Justin Gregory Jones of Edmond, Okla., in a head-on crash on U.S. 181 north of Floresville.

Other defendants set for docket call Sept. 25 included:

•Maria Elena Wildenstein, 49. The former La Vernia Junior High School principal is charged with misapplication by a fiduciary totaling more than $20,000 but less than $100,000. Court records indicate her next court appearance is a pretrial hearing set for Oct. 15, followed by an Oct. 29 docket call. Jury selection ahead of her trial is set for Nov. 12.

•Ruth Elizabeth Snider-Escalante, 52, of Atascosa. She is charged with two counts of theft of more than $1,500 but less than $20,000. A third, enhanced, count alleges that she perpetrated this same crime against an elderly victim. Escalante is set to return to court Oct. 7 for jury selection ahead of her trial.

•Basilio Garcia, 29, who is charged with possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility and possession of methamphetamine, after allegedly being part of a duo that smuggled the illegal narcotic into the Wilson County Jail. Jury selection ahead of his trial is set for Oct. 7.
 

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