Last Modified: Monday, September 24, 2012 9:43 PM
Former 14th Judicial District Judge Greg Lyons’ trial has been reset.
Lyons was to go to trial Monday on 13 felony theft charges, but the trial date was moved to Feb. 4, 2013 because Judge David Ritchie recused himself, according to Steven Hartmann with the Attorney General’s Office.
The case has been re-assigned to Judge Clayton Davis.
The Attorney General’s Office, who is prosecuting the case, has said in the past that the charges are “related to (Lyons’) association with past clients.”
Lyons was a judge for 18 years before returning to private practice in 2001.
He retired from the bar in 2008 while under investigation by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Allegations were that he neglected legal matters, failed to communicate with clients; and “engaged in dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.”
Lyons was arrested in September 2007 and charged with six counts of felony theft — he was accused of stealing $197,000 from clients. He was accused of stealing $153,000 from Charles Montou, his client, and Kathleen Taylor.
The money was from an insurance settlement following a fire at the couple’s house. Lyons represented Montou in his divorce from Taylor — the money allegedly was in Lyons’ trust fund.