Edinburg mayor’s trial delayed

The trial against the mayor, his wife and an associate here has been delayed to give his attorney more time to review the evidence.

A state district judge granted the motion for continuance last week, according to Hidalgo County court records.

Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina, his wife Dalia Molina and Julio Carranza were set to go before a jury trial Dec. 9, but that is no longer the case. The trio is accused of conspiring to commit election fraud during the November 2017 municipal election.

The mayor is facing 11 counts of illegal voting, a second-degree felony, and one count of engaging in organized election fraud, a first-degree felony. His wife and Carranza are each facing two illegal voting charges and one count of engaging in organized election fraud.

Carlos A. Garcia, who is representing the Molinas, asked for a 90-day extension in order to give his clients a fair trial.

“As this Court is aware, cases such as these are quite document intensive and adequate time is needed to review and digest said discovery,” Garcia wrote in his motion.

A pretrial hearing set for Wednesday morning has now been changed to a status hearing to determine where the three cases stand and to address future scheduling issues.