Judge moves Eduardo Lucio corruption trial to Corpus Christi

Eduardo Lucio // File Photo

A federal judge has filed an order moving the racketeering trial for attorney Eduardo Lucio to Corpus Christi.

U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen handed down the order on Friday afternoon.

According to the order, jury selection for Lucio's trial in Corpus Christi will start on August 6th.

Lucio is facing racketeering charges for his role in the Cameron County cash for court favors scandal.

According to an indictment, the allegations involve kickbacks to former 404th State District Judge Abel Limas and former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos.

A federal grand jury originally charged Villalobos and Lucio together but Judge Hanen granted a request to split the case for the former law partners.

Lucio is the last of 12 defendants left in the corruption probe.

Villalobos went to trial in May where he was found guilty of seven counts of corruption-related crimes.

The former district attorney is expected to be sentenced on August 26th.