SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The lawsuit against a former Texas County sheriff and his former chief deputy is moving forward.
James Sigman and Jennifer Tomaszweski face multiple charges.
If found guilty, they could land in jail for the rest of their lives.
The investigation into the allegations against Sigman and Tomaszweski began in April 2018.
Several months later, a grand jury indicted the couple on six felony and two misdemeanor counts.
The list includes: felony assault, first degree robbery, first degree felony endangering the welfare of a child, second degree felony endangering the welfare of a child, felony of unlawful use of a weapon, stalking, misdemeanor misuse of official information by a public official and false misdemeanor charges of impersonation.
Investigators say the two have been romantically linked since Tomaszweski was hired in 2016.
The state-appointed special prosecutor, Don Trotter, to handle the case.
Early on, Trotter asked the judge for a gag order against the defense. He said defense attorney Jason Coatney was playing the case in the media and in the public arena.
Coatney has always said he has the right to defend his clients. He even accused investigators of tampering with evidence used against the former sheriff by using surveillance video during a hearing to support his claims. He says he thinks this could establish perjury by investigators.
However, the state disagrees. Currently, there is no authoritative decision that investigators acted criminally.
The trial was originally to be heard by a jury. BUT it has now been handed over to a judge to decide instead.
The trial will resume Tuesday morning.
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