Trial for ex-Tom Bean PD chief pushed back for third time

Michael Webster, 39, was arrested and charged with five third degree felonies. He is the former Chief of Police of Tom Bean, Texas.
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GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- For the third time, a jury trial date for the former Chief of Police of Tom Bean has been moved back.

According to court records, the trial was initially set to begin in April of this year. It was later moved back to July, then to August 18. Now, it is set for October 20.

Michael Webster, 40, of Dalhart, is charged with four counts of theft of a firearm from a public servant -- a third degree felony.

Mayor Sherry Howard told News 12 in a previous interview that Webster took firearms from the department's evidence safe and sold them.

He is also charged with assault of a public servant after he allegedly tased an officer. Howard said that incident happened in May 2012.

The assault charge is also a third degree felony.

Webster served as chief for six years until he was arrested in August of 2012 in Dallam County, located in the far northwestern corner of the state.

He resigned in October 2012 after a "vote of no confidence" by his fellow officers was presented to the Tom Bean City Council.

Following the arrest of Webster, John Hunt took over command of the department. Today, Frank Deater serves as chief of police.

Court records show that in 1991, Webster was charged with and convicted of a false police report to a peace officer.