Special prosecutor to lead Taylor County commissioner's criminal trial


TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas - The prosecutor in the criminal case against a Taylor County commissioner is turning his role over to a state attorney.

Commissioner Brad Birchum is charged with official oppression after allegedly groping a deputy at a community event in February.

Taylor County District Attorney James Hicks has requested a special prosecutor be brought in to "avoid any appearance of impropriety," citing his office's work with Birchum in the past.

Birchum was elected to serve as Taylor County commissioner for Precinct 3 in November 2016 and has worked for Taylor County for about 30 years. He remains on the court while the case in pending.