County Commissioner Jerry Eversole to be tried separately

Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole will stand trial on February 22nd.

January 28, 2011 9:52:52 AM PST
Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole and a developer accused of bribing him in a contracts scheme will get separate trials. A federal judge in Houston on Thursday ruled Eversole will stand trial March 7.

Michael Surface faces trial later.

Both pleaded not guilty last month in Houston. Prosecutors had sought to try Eversole and Surface together.

Prosecutors allege Eversole accepted $63,000 to buy a home and more than $43,000 to purchase antique firearms.

Eversole was indicted on charges of conspiracy, receiving a bribe and two counts of filing false tax returns.

Surface was indicted on charges of conspiracy and paying a bribe.

The men, if convicted, face up to 10 years in prison.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report