WAXAHACHIE — Dallas County District Court Judge Jim Jordan stated on Monday that he would have a ruling by Friday on the motion to dismiss and special exceptions raised in the petition for removal against Ellis County Precinct 4 Constable Mike Jones.
The Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office filed the petition of removal for the second time to remove Jones from office due to his alleged misconduct.
Jones’ attorney, Dan Gus, presented the motion to dismiss and the five special exceptions to the court on Monday.
The five special exceptions include:
• That the petition was invalid because County and District Attorney’s Office Investigator Jeff Ward did not have direct personal knowledge of Jones’ actions alleged in the indictments.
• That Jones’ pre-election conduct could not be used against him.
• That Jones does not have sufficient information about workplace harassment.
• That Jones wanted to know what information he got when he allegedly accessed a restrictive database.
• Jones’ wanting to know if his alleged actions he took while off duty and not acting as a constable were wrong.
A grand jury indicted Jones Aug. 23 on two charges of misuse of official information, one charge of retaliation, and one charge of deadly conduct. He was previously indicted on May 11, 2016 for tampering with physical evidence on Feb. 8 and for allegedly abusing his official capacity.
Before court concluded, Jordan set a tentative hearing for Nov. 20 -21 to consider the temporary suspension of Jones from office.