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Jury Rules for Houston Community College Trustee in Residency Case

A Harris County jury decided HCC trustee Dave Wilson lives in the residence he claimed and can keep his seat on the system’s board.

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Judge Mike Engelhart reads the decision by the jury: “David B. Wilson was a resident of HCC District 2 as of November 5, 2013, and the verdict appears to be unanimous.”

Dave Wilson : “…thank you!”

Reaction from Dave Wilson, after jurors decided that he does live in a commercial warehouse in NW Houston, and can keep his seat on the  Houston Community College board. A lawsuit was filed by the Harris County Attorney’s office, alleging the warehouse he claims as his official residence, wasn’t where he lived when he filed to run for the seat:

“There was never a doubt in my mind, for (where) my residency was said Wilson, but there was a doubt a couple of times about whether or not the jury had understood that properly, and they obviously had, so this is great. You know this is the eighth time I’ve had to go to court over that residency, and we’ve won all eight of them.”

Wilson’s attorney Keith Gross said he was happy with the outcome:

“This is really a case that could’ve gone either way, said Gross. The circumstances in which a married individual claims a residence separate and apart from his wife, is highly unusual.”  

Proscutor Douglas Ray thought Harris County presented an adequate case, with all of the available evidence:

“We’re disappointed by the outcome said Ray, but whether or not we file an appeal to this case, this is not a criminal case. Just having a verdict like that doesn’t automatically mean he’s free from prosecution from this point on. We’ll just go back to the office and kind of consider whether there be any further steps or not.”

Wilson says he was glad the case is over, so that he can get back to the business of working at HCC.

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