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Ex-La Vernia principal to stand trial Nov. 12
Wilson County News
October 23, 2013 | 2,528 views
Former La Vernia Junior High School Principal Maria Elena Wildenstein has waived her right to a trial by jury. This is according to Wilson County District Court records, following her appearance for a pretrial hearing Oct. 15.
Wildenstein, 49, instead will stand trial before a judge Nov. 12, said Assistant District Attorney Audrey Louis of the 81st Judicial District. Wildenstein was indicted Oct. 26 on one count of misapplication by a fiduciary totaling more than $20,000 but less than $100,000. This was after she allegedly misapplied 23 separate checks from the school’s junior high activity fund.
Also in court Oct. 15 was 19-year-old Cameron Hoagland, who pled guilty to theft of less than 10 head of livestock from the elderly. Court records indicate that 81st Judicial District Court Judge Donna Rayes sentenced him to 5 years probation.
One of Hoagland’s alleged accomplices, 19-year-old Jordan Morris, was in court for a pretrial hearing. He is set to return for a docket call Oct. 29, with jury selection ahead of his trial set for Nov. 12.
Other defendants on the docket included:
•Marcos Garza, 20, of Floresville, who was set to appear after returning from boot camp, as part of the sentence related to his July 29 conviction for intoxication assault. Court records indicate that Garza is set to appear in court Oct. 23.
•Kyle McKay, 19, who was arraigned on a charge of possession of more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1. It is alleged in a Sept. 27 indictment that when McKay was arrested Nov. 14, 2012, in connection with the murder of 22-year-old Dakotah Reynolds, he was in possession of heroin. He is set to return to court Nov. 5 for a pretrial hearing, with a docket call set for Dec. 11. Jury selection ahead of his trial is set for Jan. 6, 2014.
•Carlton Carter Lambeck, 35, who was set to be arraigned on a charge of failure to stop and leave information, in connection with an April 24 crash on S.H. 123 near Stockdale. Lambeck’s attorney was unavailable, so his arraignment was rescheduled to Oct. 29.
•Jacqueline Kowalik, 49, who was set to be arraigned on a charge of misapplication of fiduciary property totaling more than $20,000 but less than $100,000, which her Sept. 27 indictment alleged occurred when she failed to deposit checks and cash received at Dr. Edgan “Eddie” Elizondo’s dental office on U.S. 87 in La Vernia, from on or about Jan. 1 through June 30, 2008. Kowalik informed the court that she will hire her own attorney, which is why her arraignment was rescheduled to Nov. 26.
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