Ahumada Trial Set for Tuesday

The jury for the second trial of controversial Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada was chosen Monday.

The trial is scheduled to start Tuesday morning in the 107th District Court.

More than 120 potential jurors filed in to the courtroom, but after several hours only 12 were selected.

The jury will decide if Ahumada is guilty of theft, charges that stem from a $26,000 check issued to a vendor but that wound up in Ahumada's personal bank account.

He faces three charges: one for theft, abuse of official activities and misapplication of fiduciary property.

Visiting Judge Robert Pate of Corpus Christi will oversee the trial, who took over for Judge Ben Euresti last year. Ahumada TMs first trial ended in October with a hung jury, which resulted in a mistrial.