UPDATE: Mike Montemayor not present at arraignment hearing

By: Valerie Bragg Email
By: Valerie Bragg Email

Montemayor was arrested one week ago for allegedly accepting money and other valuables, promising favors in return.

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Commissioner Mike Montemayor was not at his arraignment this morning. But as the attorney explains, it's common for defendants to not appear. Attorneys for precinct one Commissioner montemayor entered a "not" guilty" plea, on his behalf. The plea was made on paper, a process Montemayor's attorney; Oscar Vela, said is common.

"Today all we did, was we filed a waiver of arraignment, which is basically, you are making an appearance by paper. We entered a plea of not guilty. We requested a jury trial, and that's what we did."

US Magistrate Judge, Scott Hacker, signed the waiver, after Judge Diana Song Quiroga recused herself from the case. KGNS news contacted her office about the recusal, but was told no additional information would be provided. Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo will take over the case. The case is not scheduled back in court until May. Vela said the next step for the defense is to receive any evidence the government has against Montemayor.

"We anticipate getting some discovery for the government, we will prepare and review all of the reports, and then later on we will have some deadlines of future court hearings and that's really all that's happening right now."

The FBI arrested Montemayor March 19. He is charged with two counts of federal bribery. There will be at least one pre-trail hearing before Montemayor's trial begins. Jury selection is scheduled for May 16th.

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