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Cuero officer, charged with running over trooper wife, to remain on paid leave

By Victoria Advocate
May 5, 2014 at 12:05 a.m.
Updated May 6, 2014 at 12:06 a.m.


A Cuero police officer arrested in April on a warrant charging him with running over his wife will remain on paid administrative leave.

Cuero City Manager Raymie Zella said he will re-evaluate whether Officer Corey Tolbert should be on paid administrative leave after a grand jury meets in less than two weeks.

Court documentsreleased last week revealed Tolbert's wife, Department of Public Safety Trooper Elizabeth Tolbert, was injured for almost two hours before being taken to a hospital.

The documents also showed that although Tolbert's father, Fire Chief William "Butch" Tolbert, was notified, along with several police officers and eventually Cuero Police Chief Jay Lewis, no one called for an ambulance.

Corey Tolbert told Texas Ranger Drew Pilkington the couple had argued while drinking and working on water wells at their home on Heinie Bade Road on April 17.

Corey Tolbert admitted he may have hit his wife with a trailer attached to his truck while moving it. He said it was unintentional.

"At this time, based upon the information received thus far, there is no internal investigation of the Cuero Police Department nor any officer," Zella wrote in a news release. "As to the fire chief (Butch Tolbert), I, as city manager, have no authority to conduct an internal investigation of this position."

A DeWitt County grand jury is scheduled to meet May 12, according to a calendar on the county's website.

"I believe we have also scheduled the grand jury to come in on Wednesday, May 14," DeWitt County District Attorney Michael Sheppard wrote in an email.

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