Indicted Washington State Auditor's Trial Moved
The trial date for Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley was moved Monday from June to January 2016.
Kelley has pleaded not guilty to a 10-count federal indictment and has taken a leave of absence from office. The charges stem from his past business in the real estate services industry.
Also Monday, Federal prosecutors said they believe Kelley’s attorney has a conflict of interest and should be removed from Kelley's criminal case. Prosecutors told a judge at a status meeting in Tacoma they will file a motion to explain their conflict-of-interest concerns.
Separately the Washington State Auditor’s office, under a public records request, released a batch of text messages to and from Kelley from earlier this spring. Those messages show that a top staff member visited Kelley’s Tacoma home on the night of March 6. That was the day the Auditor’s office received a federal grand jury subpoena for records.
The staffer confirms that the purpose for the visit to Kelley’s home was deliver a copy of the subpoena to Kelley. The text messages also show Kelley was concerned about the security of his home and identity theft after news broke on March 17 that federal agents had searched his home while he was out of town.