Cuero police officer indicted for assaulting wife resigns

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

May 15, 2014 at 12:15 a.m.

A police officer who was indicted for assaulting his state trooper wife resigned from the Cuero Police Department on Thursday morning.

Corey Tolbert "came in and resigned on his own," City Manager Raymie Zella wrote via email.

Tolbert was indicted by a DeWitt County grand jury after testimony was presented all day Wednesday. He faces one count of aggravated assault of a family member, a first-degree felony, and one count of aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, District Attorney Michael Sheppard said.

Tolbert is accused of hitting his wife, Elizabeth Tolbert, with a trailer attached to his truck while moving it the night of April 17. He told a Texas Ranger they'd been fighting while drinking on their property on Heinie Bade Road.

Tolbert started working for the Cuero Police Department in 2002, the same year he obtained his peace officer's license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

He was a patrol sergeant and K-9 handler.

Zella wrote Tolbert may reapply for the position if he is acquitted of the felonies and it is open, "but we are planning to start advertising immediately to fill the position."

"Normal procedure is to advertise internally first and if not filled from within, then through classified ads, TML (Texas Municipal League), et cetera," Zella wrote.



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